President Yoweri Museveni said Friday that “the government will do all it can to protect people from Covid-19 and manage those who get infected”, reaffirming commitment to contain the respiratory illness that has significantly changed how we live.
Before his Friday televised address, there had been calls, urging for changing curfew time and re-opening of sectors that are still closed.
However, the president said this will happen once about 5 million people have been vaccinated, citing scientific guidance.
“Government is cognizant that the country needs to return to normal. We have eased most restrictions in a phased manner. However, it is important that we maintain some measures that have led to the low COVID 19 cases. We will therefore maintain a curfew between 9:00pm to 5:30am,” the president said.
“On bars, performing arts, concerts; these shall remain closed until the country attains a threshold level of vaccination, which according to the scientists implies 1). Vaccination of over 80% of the 3.5 million elderly, and 2). About another 1 to 2 million of those under 50.”
He went on to advise people to “get vaccinated” despite the reduction in daily caseload and deaths, “as infections may soar up again.”
“We need to accelerate this vaccination effort if we are to avoid a catastrophe. Please get out and get vaccinated and protect yourself and your family,” he advised.
“Vaccines are the most effective intervention we have against COVID-19. The government and partners are working hard to bring vaccines to most adult Ugandans to protect them and to support us to reopen the economy and get back all our children to school.”
According to the ministry of health, as of April 15, 220,893 had been vaccinated, and the country had recorded 40898 recoveries from Covid-29, 41340, 338 deaths and 30 new cases were confirmed on that day.