Kampala – President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has called for stronger efforts to guard against coronavirus, saying there will be “serious economic consequences” if the outbreak spreads to Uganda.
The Ugandan leader said coronavirus was a real inconvenience as it not only undermines economies but is also disruptive.
“Coronavirus is real, it does not kill as much and fast like Ebola, but spreads at a very terrific rate…If a country records a case of coronavirus, people will be quarantined, movements limited, businesses, schools, leisure parks closed, etc,” President Museveni said.
“This [Coronavirus] is an inconvenience to us and jeopardy to our economy, we do not want to head there as a country,” he added.
He implored those who have specific symptoms similar to Coronavirus, even as simple as a running nose, to self-quarantine from the rest and seek medical guidance and confirmation.
Mr. Museveni said that in as much as government will take all necessary measures to safeguard Ugandans, there was need to take personal precautions, and look out for colleagues too.
“Take personal precautions, and look out for your colleagues too. The government will take all measures to safeguard you as well. Meanwhile, we shall keep studying this Coronavirus,” said President Museveni.
Take personal precautions, and look out for your colleagues too. The government will take all measures to safeguard you as well. Meanwhile, we shall keep studying this Coronavirus.
— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) February 29, 2020
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Uganda has not reported a single case of COVID-19, however, as of Friday, about 80,350 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2,705 deaths have been recorded since the epidemic emerged in Wuhan, the capital of China’s central Hubei province, according to Johns Hopkins University. The vast majority of cases and fatalities have been in China but South Korea, Italy and Iran have emerged as international hotspots for the contagion.