Due to the sharp increase in the number of coronavirus infections, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni immediately introduced a “total lockdown” in the country. On Friday, he said Ugandans will have to stay at home for the next 42 days.

Only vehicles carrying important goods and transporting patients are allowed on the roads.

According to official data, nearly 12,000 new coronavirus infections were found in Uganda on Friday. Hospitals lack oxygen. The president’s health advisor, Monica Musinero, told dpa that Uganda needs at least 15,000 cylinders. Oxygen production is handled, among other things, by the military, as neighboring countries have been asked to help.

In Uganda, as in 13 other African countries, the delta type of coronavirus is currently spreading rapidly.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 5 million cases of coronavirus and nearly 136,000 deaths due to Covid-19 have been reported in Africa, according to official data. The German news agency (dpa) confirms that the numbers are actually much higher.

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