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LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS IN THE USE OF DIGITAL TOOLS IN UGANDA DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

(2020)

Abstract:

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has spread globally prompting the World Health Organisation to declare it a global pandemic. In mid-March 2020 the Government of Uganda instituted a series of measures designed to limit its spread. These included: suspension of religious gatherings, closing of education institutions, limiting cross border movement to cargo, banning movement by public and private passenger cars, temporarily closing all non-essential businesses and government agencies and imposing a 7pm-6:30am countrywide curfew. With digital tools, the inconveniences brought about by the COVID-19 crisis can be mitigated for a considerable number of people thereby avoiding a total shutdown of the economy and social life of the entire country. Uganda is reported to have 23 million Internet users in Uganda who are able to access digital tools to enable business continuity and access to goods and services during this COVID-19 crisis.