Ugandan authorities on Saturday imposed a travel lockdown on two Ebola-hit districts as part of efforts to stop the spread of the contagious disease.
President Yoweri Museveni declared that residents of the central Ugandan districts of Mubende and Kassanda can’t travel into or out of those areas by private or public means.
Cargo vehicles and others transiting from Kampala, the capital, to southwestern Uganda are still allowed to operate, he said.
All entertainment places, including bars, as well as places of worship, are ordered closed, and all burials in those districts must be supervised by health officials, he said. A nighttime curfew also has been imposed. The restrictions will last at least 21 days.
“These are temporary measures to control the spread of Ebola,” Museveni said.
It would be recalled that Ebola has infected 58 people in the East African country since Sept. 20, when authorities declared an outbreak. At least 19 people have died, including four health workers.
The new measures come amid concern that some patients in the Ebola hot spots could surreptitiously try to seek treatment elsewhere.