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Why Uganda May Not Experience a Total Lockdown Over Covid-19

Dr. Henry Mwebesa, the Director-General Health Services in the Health Ministry, says all confirmed cases are stable and receiving treatment at four health facilities
posted onMarch 30, 2020

There was a ray of hope as only three people out of the 206 Covid-19 suspected cases tested positive for the virus.

"Out of 203 samples that were tested today (Sunday), 3 were confirmed positive for COVID-19. This brings the total number of cases in Uganda to 33," said the Health Minister, Dr. Ruth Aceng on Sunday evening.

There were fears that President Museveni might declare a total lockdown if the country continued to register a spike in a number of new positive cases.

However, with the number of new positive cases remaining low, Mr. Museveni who had hinted at more drastic measures to curb the spread may have to probably relax the measures already announced.

On Saturday, President Yoweri Museveni said that there might be a need for more drastic measures to curb the spread of the killer virus, adding that he would let the country know.

This was after 227 returnees from Dubai and other places were tested with 5 turning out positive. 

The President urging Ugandans to adhere to the prevention guidelines issued by the Ministry to interrupt the spread of the virus.


President Museveni's latest statement on Covid-19

"Countrymen, Countrywomen and the Bazukulu. The latest about the Covid-19 situation in our country is that today (Sunday), 206 individuals, mainly returnees from the Gulf and Europe, were tested and only 3 tested positive. All these have been in institutional quarantine.

Two of these are wife and daughter of the man from Masaka who was among the first nine confirmed cases. On his return from Dubai, he went home to his family. After the first confirmed case, his community advised him to go for check up where he tested positive.

Therefore, his wife and daughter were his closest contacts and were quarantined in Entebbe when their husband/ father tested positive.

The third person is a 15-year-old teenager who returned from school in the United Kingdom on March 21st. He was under institutional quarantine where he developed symptoms and tested positive.

I urge you all to observe the guidelines provided by the Ministry of Health and myself to ensure we break the spread of this virus."

No Covid-19 Death

Dr. Henry Mwebesa, the Director-General Health Services in the Health Ministry, says all confirmed cases are stable and receiving treatment at four health facilities.

"All confirmed cases are stable at Mulago National Referral Hospital, Entebbe Regional Referral Hospital, Adjumani General Hospital and Hooks hospital,” he says.

“Contrary to various social media posts, Uganda has not registered a COVID-19 death.” There is a reported increase of COVID-19 cases worldwide.  

Over 685,000 people have been infected with COVID with over 2,000 cases coming from Africa. Within the East African bloc, 149 cases have been confirmed, the majority of which are from Rwanda with 60 cases. Tanzania has the least number with 14 cases. 

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