KAMPALA —A presidential address on coronavirus update slated for Saturday July 31, has been moved to Friday July 30, when the 42 days run out, according to Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja.
“H.E The President will address the Nation on COVID19 this Friday July 30, 2021 at 08:00pm. In the meantime, stay calm and continue observing SOPs and other Presidential directives,” she said without giving details.
H.E The President will address the Nation on #COVID19 this Friday July 30, 2021 at 08:00pm .
In the meantime, stay calm and continue observing SOPs and other Presidential directives. @OPMUganda @MinofHealthUG @KagutaMuseveni @Parliament_Ug @ubctvuganda
— Rt. Hon. Nabbanja Robinah. PRIME MINISTER (@RobinahNabbanja) July 28, 2021
The much anticipated address also be live on all TV and Radio stations is expected to start at 8 pm on Friday.
The address will be preceded with a task force meeting on Thursday to agree on way forward as 42-day lockdown extension comes to an end.
President @KagutaMuseveni has moved his address to Friday 30th July, 2021 at 8pm.
— Office of the President – Uganda (@UgPresidency) July 28, 2021
Reports indicate that address will center around the fate of vaccines, transport, and curfew measures imposed in the COVID19 fight.
On June 18, as coronavirus cases and deaths in Uganda surged to record highs, President Yoweri Museveni announced a freeze on all public and private transport for 42 days, and imposed a strict dusk-to-dawn curfew to try and drive numbers down.
The veteran president warned that hospitals were full and not coping with the outbreak
Boda Boda and Taxi were banned from carrying passengers.
Inter district travels were halted but airport and all international borders remained open.
Their chances of having these opened are the same as keeping them closed.
Some Ugandans have remained careless with many seen not observing social distance guidelines or wearing masks.
Despite all this, government still aims to inoculate 22 million people, about half of the country’s population, to enable the economy to fully re-open.
Musenero said lifting coronavirus containment protocols before mass vaccination will have repercussions.
“This is a tough time. Its because we are fighting a very dangerous enemy. This walk hasn’t been easy but here we are, we have achieved something together, with the lockdown in place, we have managed to bring down the cases, which were just climbing astronomically and soon we shall start to see a steady decline in death due to Covid-19,” Dr. Musenero said.
Uganda has overall recorded 92,724 infections, of which 2579 have been fatal, since the pandemic began, according to the health ministry’s latest tally on Thursday.