KAMPALA, Uganda 

Uganda’s poor are bearing the brunt of a nationwide shutdown declared by President Yoweri Museveni as part of efforts to contain the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Museveni ordered restrictions on movement of people, including use of public or private vehicles, motorcycles, and directed closure of all shopping malls, arcades, hardware shops, all non-food stores, saloons, lodges and garages for 14 days, to roll back the spread of COVID-19.

The move came after Uganda reported its first confirmed case of the COVID-19 on March 22. One week later, the number surpassed 30, with no recorded deaths or recoveries.

The immediate

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