Uganda: Prison visits suspended over Covid-19 surge

Uganda Prisons Service on Tuesday suspended prison visits for six weeks amid the steady increase of Covid-19 cases in the second wave of the virus in the country.

 

Johnson Byabashaija, commissioner general of prisons, in a statement said all prison and inmate’s visits were suspended with immediate effect.

“All visitations to prisons are suspended with immediate effect, regardless of Covid-19 vaccination status or testing certificate,” said Byabashaija.

 

He said the admissions of new prisoners would continue at the current new reception centers, and new inmates will be reintegrated after 14 days of mandatory quarantine.

“The current court procedures will continue, and in addition, prisoners will be taken to court on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. Further guidelines will be provided,” said Byabashaija.

 

President Yoweri Museveni on Sunday reintroduced some of the previous lockdown measures aimed at reducing the spread of the pandemic in the country for the next 42 days.

According to the ministry of health figures, Uganda had registered 54,669 Covid-19 cases, with 47,760 recoveries and 388 deaths since the first case was reported in March last year.

 

Uganda is amongst African countries that have put up a very tough fight against Covid-19 by implementing stringent measures to limit its spread across the country.

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