The president of the Republic of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni has revealed that he will announce the new Covid-19 guidelines on Sunday 6th, 2021.
This follows a meeting held between the president and the National Task Force on Covid-19 at the Entebbe State House on Wednesday afternoon.
“I met the National Taskforce on COVID19 this afternoon at State House Entebbe. I will address the Nation on Sunday 6th June at 8 pm on the steps we have decided to take to curb the new wave,” president Museveni tweeted.
In his earlier address on the same matter, Mr Museveni warned Ugandans to stay alert and safe as the country enters a very dangerous phase of the Covid-19 pandemic.
He however said he would return to give more guidance on the way forward after thorough deliberations with the experts.
“I came to sound a warning to the whole country. We are entering a very dangerous phase. We are going to meet to make decisions on the way forward. I appeal to the population to stay safe,” President Museveni said.
Mr Museveni added that, “when we speak next week, we shall go through the details of the “DOs” and the “DON’Ts” during this wave of COVID-19. When we do that, I expect everyone to cooperate.”
Although it’s not yet clear which measures has been zeroed on by the Task Force to tame down the spread of the virus, it’s expected that the emphasis will be put on Kampala and Wakiso.
In his address, the president warned on unnecessary travels to both districts.
“Ugandans who are in the villages, if you are not doing serious work, don’t come to Kampala or Wakiso. Stay in your villages, they are safe. Kampala and Wakiso are full of COVID-19 because people here don’t listen,” he said.
He revealed that the situation in most of the countryside is not that bad and he’s optimistic that Uganda can avoid what the rest of the countries have gone through if the population adhere to the Standard Operating Procedures.
“The situation is not yet dire. If we behave, we may be able to manage it. For most of the country, there is no Corona. There are areas where cases have not been reported. The whole of the western region has very few cases.”
President Museveni however asserted that If Uganda doesn’t control the number of infections, the health facilities will be overwhelmed and people will start dying in large numbers like it’s happening in the US, India and other countries. “If people start dying in large number here don’t say we never told you,” said Mr Museveni.
The president said it was because of the 36 lockdown measures his government imposed last year, that Uganda managed to contain the spread of Covid-19. He noted that since July 2020, the rate of infections had gone down until May 2021 when the cases started escalating.
“The whole strategy hinges on minimizing the infections. That is why we succeeded last year. In Europe and other places, they failed because they failed to control the numbers. The high-grade health centers were of no value but simply overwhelmed.”
According to a statement released on Wednesday by the Ministry of Health, Uganda registered 915 new cases from tests done on May 31.
Kampala had the biggest share with 600 cases while Wakiso had 83.
The rest of the breakdown was as follows; Gulu (34) Luwero (24) Kasese (18) Kiryandongo (16) Masaka (17) Mbale (13) Tororo (11) Mbarara (15) Mpigi (10) Lira (7) Arua (7) Kabarole (5) Zombo (5) Jinja (5) Hoima (4) Soroti (4)Bushenyi (4)
Busia (3) Moyo (4) Namisindwa (3) Serere (2) Katakwi (2) Kyotera (2) Mubende (2) Mukono (2) Adjumani (1) Koboko (1) Kikuube (1) Amuru (1) Masindi (1) Amuru (3)
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