Coronavirus lockdown

Uganda: Coronavirus turns Entebbe into ghost city

Entebbe municipality is a popular weekend retreat. It’s a place most people go on weekends to have a break from the hustle and bustle of Kampala city.

Known for its serene environment due to its proximity to Lake Victoria, Entebbe harbours a number of hotels and hang-outs. Entebbe is also home to the State House, over eight army barracks, government ministries and Uganda’s only International airport.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Entebbe is more of a deserted town. The hotels are no longer busy, hangouts are closed and the Zoo, a famous tourist destination has its doors shut. The virus has surly hit Entebbe town hard.

The beautiful expressway looks as beautiful as ever but abandoned. One car passes at a time. One could drive to Kampala city and back in just 20 minutes. A handful of people can be seen walking along the expressway.

Beaches closed

Following the confirmation of the first COVID-19 case in Uganda on March 22, subsequent presidential directives to curb the virus were issued. Public hangouts among others were ordered to close until the virus is tamed. To date, all public hangouts are still closed.