Uganda: Museveni tells village dwellers to avoid Kampala, Wakiso over escalating Covid-19 cases

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By Our Reporter

President Museveni Saturday advised Ugandans living upcountry to avoid travelling to Kampala and Wakiso districts where he said Covid-19 cases are escalating.

The Ministry of health’s latest report on the virus infections indicates that Kampala registered 441 new cases while Wakiso had 75 new infections in the last 24 hours.

These were followed by Gulu which registered 52 new infections, Luwero (29), Nakasongola with 23 and Tororo with 11 cases, among other districts.

Other cases were registered in the districts of Mbarara (12), Masindi (11), Kiboga (10), Masaka (7), Lira (4), Mpigi (3), Busia (3), Kabarole (3), Yumbe (2), Kalungu (2), Arua (1), Gomba (1) and Maracha (1).

Additionally, Buikwe District registered one case, Jinja registered two, Hoima one, Paliisa one while Namisindwa registered two.

At least two truck drivers tested positive with the virus at Mutukula and Malaba border posts.

“The situation is not yet dire. If we behave, we may be able to manage it. For most of the country, there is no Corona. There are areas where cases have not been reported. The whole of the western region has very few cases. The COVID-19 problem is majorly in Kampala and Wakiso. This is because they do not listen. If you are out of Kampala and Wakiso, try to stay where you are. Avoid the capital,” Mr Museveni said in a televised address.

“Today, I am here to alert you about the COVID-19 situation in the country. We are going to have a task force meeting on Wednesday to fully discuss how we can handle the situation,” he added.

Mr Museveni further reiterated that his government was working “very hard” to produce the vaccine after India stopped exporting the AstraZeneca amid a virus crisis which has claimed the lives of 322,512 Indians.

Mr Museveni had promised to relax the virus lockdown measures when 4.8 million Ugandans are vaccinated.

“All the measures that we put up have been ignored. I told you that when we vaccinate 4.8 million people, then we can relax the measures. I am not sure anymore whether that number still stands,” the president said before adding that the new virus variants are infecting young people.

Apart from the Standard operating procedures which were announced by government, the president says the real solution is in the vaccine.

“We bought 964,000 AstraZeneca vaccines and 581,000 have been vaccinated so far, he added.

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