Uganda suspends issuance of passports amidst COVID-19

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Uganda has suspended the issuance of passports in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19 through crowded places.

Jacob Siminyu, the internal affairs ministry spokesperson told Xinhua on Tuesday that the country’s immigration department would only issue passports for emergency cases.

“If you have an emergency you can come collect your passport. Remember we are working at 10 percent capacity,” Siminyu said.

He added that such cases will have to be cleared first by the passport control office.

“People traveling for different reasons will need to prove so with evidence,” Siminyu said.

He said people should continue applying for passports through the official online platform.

The passport office is usually crowded with migrant workers who travel mainly to the Middle East.

Uganda is currently under partial lockdown, with public and private transport as well as gatherings not allowed.

Statistics released on Tuesday by the health ministry indicated the country has so far registered 79,434 infections, with 989 COVID-19 deaths. Of the registered cases, 52,382 had recovered. Enditem

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