President Museveni will address the country on Monday August 24 on matters related to COVID19 and way forward, Ms. Judith Nabakooba, the Minister for Information and National Guidance has announced.
This follows a surge in coronavirus community transmission and deaths including a record 94 coronavirus cases on Thursday, a development that has exasperated concern that the country is losing the war against the pandemic.
A source close to the corridors of power on Wednesday said the President was bitter with the way Ugandans especially in the capital have handled themselves and that he could slap them with a long term lockdown.
Gen. Edward Katumba the Minister of Transport and Works early this week revealed that the government was considering halting public transport and reinstating afresh lockdown on the country owing to a recent surge in COVID-19 cases.
Both the information minister and Ministry of Health have since urged the public to take extra precaution by wearing face masks in public places all the time and sanitising.
In light of the spike in new cases in Kampala Metropolitan Area, this is evident that the rate of community transmission is high. The public is STRONGLY advised to take personal responsibility to avoid contracting COVID-19. The earlier we change our attitude and behavior towards COVID-19, the better for our health and nation,” the statement reads in part.
“The Ministry appeals to the population including users of public transport to wear a face mask at all times, and wear it properly- ensure that the nose, mouth and chin are fully covered, practice good hand hygiene and maintain a social distance whenever in public. COVID-19 is dangerous, spreads fast and it kills both the young and the elderly alike, as statistics both locally and globally have shown,” it adds.
To date, Uganda has registered 1,750 while fatalities have reached 19.