Uganda registers 1,247 new COVID-19 cases ahead of Museveni Sunday address

Ministry of Health Uganda

Uganda’s Director-General of Health Services Dr. Henry Mwebesa (centre) addresses the press (PHOTO /Courtesy)

Uganda registered 1,247 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 51, 006 as of Friday, said the Ministry of Health.

The ministry said nine (9) new deaths were reported, bringing the national death toll to 374.

The Ministry of Health also said the national count recoveries have reached 47,760 while active cases on admission are 522.

The tests conducted so far now stand at 1,125,306 and the total number of people vaccinated now standing at 699, 577.

Uganda registers 1,247 new COVID-19 cases

President who is expected to address the country on Sunday assured Ugandans that vaccines are safe and effective but urged them to continue wearing masks, washing hands with soap and water, sanitising ensuring good ventilation indoors, physically distancing and avoiding crowds to minimise transmission.

Figures from the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that Ethiopia’s COVID-19 cases accounted for about 6 percent of Africa’s total.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education on Friday halted the planned reopening of schools for lower classes and a special term for semi-candidates over the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, a top official said here.

Alex Kakooza, the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Education and Sports in a statement directed the heads of education institutions to delay the reopening of schools for primary one to three classes and special term for semi-candidates.

The pupils for primary one to three classes and semi candidates were meant to report back on June 7.

“Pending the expected guidance of the president, the ministry of education and sports informs the managers of education institutions and the general public that the planned reporting back to school and breaking off for holidays should be delayed until further notice,” said Kakooza.

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