Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has extended the countrywide lockdown for 14 more days to curb the spread of coronavirus.
The president made the pronouncement on Monday, while addressing the nation on the way forward as the extra 21-day lock-down he instituted on April 14, comes to an end on Tuesday May 5.
Museveni however relaxed some measures and allowed some businesses to operate again while following the ministry of health standard operating procedures (SOPs). He said that all the other measures like closure of borders, the airport and schools, suspension of public transport, religious gatherings and so on, remain in place and will be reviewed close to the elapse of the lockdown.
“With these limited measures of opening up, we must maintain the other measures of social distancing, keeping four metres apart, and staying home if unwell. The health teams will come and check you at home,” Museveni said.
”Factories need wholesalers to buy their products. We shall allow wholesalers to open but they must follow the guidelines. Hardware shops are also allowed to open. We shall allow the opening of the repair mechanics and garages,” he added.
The lockdown, to remain until May 19, comes as Uganda on Monday May 4, reported 8 more COVID-19 cases rising the national tally to 97.
According to health minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, of the new cases, 5 truck drivers arrived via Malaba border post and 1 via Mutukula.
“Six out of 2,061 samples are from truck drivers while 2 cases are from the community,” said Dr Aceng.
She also revealed that both community cases (1 Ugandan truck driver from Mutukula and 1 community case, a resident of Kyotera District) were confirmed through the Rapid Risk Assessment ongoing countrywide.
As of today, Uganda has so far tested 39,232 samples, out of these 97 tested positive. Of the 97 cases, 55 patients recovered and have since been discharged.