President Museveni has assured Ugandans that all schools in the country will fully reopen on 10th January 2022 while the Covid-19 vaccination continues.
He was speaking at the commissioning of Keihangaara Secondary School in Keihangaara Sub County in Ibanda District.
This was an apparent response to a section of Ugandans who, after enduring 2 years of covid-19 induced distress, have pleaded with the president to ignore Covid experts and reopen the economy.
In their meeting with the President On Monday at his home in Rwakitura, Kiruhura district, members of the National Covid-19 Taskforce proposed delaying the full reopening of the economy due to surging cases of the pandemic.
President Yoweri Museveni will address the nation at 8pm on Friday, December 31 from his country home in Rwakitura, Kiruhura District.
“President Yoweri Museveni will this Friday December 31, 2021 address the Nation at 8pm from Rwakitura, Kiruhura District New Year Message COVID-19UPDATES,” Presidential Press Secretary, Linda Nabusayi said on Tuesday evening.
Nabusayi said the address will be live on all Radios and Televisions.
The President is expected to issue an opening-up address for parts of Ugandas society that have been under lockdown for nearly two years.
The health ministry already is bolstering its response against the COVID-19 pandemic in light of the emergence of the new Omicron variant.
Health minister Jane Ruth Aceng noted that the country had recorded a steep spike in new cases over the last fortnight.
Aceng noted that the East African country was noting letting its guard down despite recording low numbers of the Omicron variant.
She said it was possible that the picture in the communities could be different given that the new strain is largely responsible for the surging numbers in many countries around the world.
“The Uganda virus research institute will continue conducting genomic sequencing of samples obtained from incoming travelers at the ports of entry and among cases detected within the country so as to establish the true picture of this variant in Uganda,” she said.
Aceng urged those who were yet to take their vaccine doses to do so immediately.
She also reiterated a government directive to persons aged 50 years and above, as well as those with comorbidities get a booster dose of the vaccine.