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COVID-19: 42 die ahead of Museveni address

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President Museveni is expected to address the country on the coronavirus situation (PHOTO /Courtesy).

KAMPALA — At least 42 patients have succumbed to coronavirus (COVID-19) — extending the national tally to 584 fatalities, the Ministry of Health has said.

The country also recorded 1564 new cases out of the 10, 510 tests conducted.

Ministry of Health data indicated that by June 16 the country had recorded a total of 68,779 Covid-19 cases and 49,026 had beaten the virus.

Some 1,004 patients are admitted in hospitals across the country. The positivity rate remained at 14.6per cent.

The rise in deaths comes as President Yoweri Museveni expected tonight at 8:00 p.m. deliver the much awaited address in which he will likely to announce additional lockdown measures as the country works to stop the recent surge in coronavirus infections and deaths.

“Fellow Countrymen, Countrywomen, Bazukulu, I will address the country TODAY at 8:00pm on a number of issues but mostly the COVID-19 situation. I call upon you to tune in to the different radio & TV stations for this address,” Mr. Museveni tweeted Thursday evening.

He recently re-imposed a strict lockdown that included the closure of schools and the suspension of inter-district travel to help beat back a surge in COVID-19 cases.

The measures, which became effective almost two weeks ago, include the closure of all educational institutions, some bans on travel, the shutdown of weekly open markets, and the suspension of church services.

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