Uganda bans annual New Year Eve festivities over surging COVID-19 infections


Uganda on Sunday banned all public New Year Eve festivities over surging COVID-19 infections in the country, a top government official said.

Judith Nabakooba, minister of information, communications, technology and national guidance, said in a statement that all music concerts, overnight prayers and fireworks displays have been cancelled due to the novel coronavirus.

"This gathering and funfair increase the risk of spreading COVID-19," said Nabakooba.

"Police will not give any permission for fireworks this time. Fireworks are usually accompanied by people staying up late and gathering people around a particular place," she said.

The minister urged the public to stay home and welcome the New Year with family members.

As of Saturday, Uganda had registered 33,563 COVID-19 cases, 11,055 recoveries and 245 deaths since the index case was recorded on March 21, according to the ministry of health.

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency

Search Trends