KAMPALA, Uganda 

Uganda announced sweeping restrictions across the country on Wednesday as part of preventive measures against the coronavirus outbreak. 

President Yoweri Museveni announced closure of all schools, burial of those who die of the virus by state officials, and a ban on public gatherings.

“Almost 15 million young Ugandans attend schools. It is wise that we temporarily close these crowded spots for one month to avert the spread of this virus,” he said.

The schools will be closed for a month starting Friday, he said.

Ugandans are restricted from leaving to or via high risk countries, which include Italy,

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