Uganda Parliament shut down amid the second wave of COVID-19 infections

By The Weekly Vision

Uganda has announced the closure of parliament for a two weeks period as a virulent second wave of COVID-19 continues to devastate the country.

Parliament will be closed for lawmakers with effect from June 28 to July 11 to allow disinfection to be carried out around the parliamentary buildings in the capital city of Kampala, said Jane Kibirige, clerk to parliament, in a statement.

The closure came after the parliamentary commission last week announced that over 100 lawmakers and members of staff tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

“Parliament of Uganda like the rest of the country has been affected by the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic with a positive rate of 17.1 per cent,” said Kibirige. As of Tuesday, Uganda has registered a total of 73,401 cases and 714 deaths nationwide since March last year, according to official figures.

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