Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has ordered closure of all schools for 30 days effective Friday March 20.
In a televised address on Wednesday afternoon, Museveni said the move is a measure to contain the potential spread of coronavirus.
Uganda has not reported any case but has set up an isolation facility in Entebbe, about 45km south of the capital Kampala.
The country has restricted travel to 16 virus-hit countries including China, South Korea and some European countries.
Neighbouring countries Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and DR Congo have reported cases of the respiratory illness.