KAMPALA – Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has extended a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus as infections continue to mount in the East African region.
Museveni on Tuesday, April 14, said the country would extend its original national lockdown, instituted on March 30, until May 5, 2020.
“All previously announced measures will remain in place for the next 21 days – starting tomorrow,” President Yoweri Museveni said in a live address
“We are doing this in order to give ourselves more time to study the situation for a longer period,” he said, adding that “the lockdown extension” is as a result of a possible existence of asymptomatic individuals (one who does not show signs).
According to President Museveni, out of 5,664 persons tested in Uganda, 54 have been found to be positive. as of April 13. He said that as many as 4,015 were returnees – coming back to Uganda from abroad, 1,232 were those who interacted with the returnees (contacts) and 402 were those who had not been in contact with the returnees or travelled out, but because they got some symptoms, they reached out to the health officials to be tested (alert individuals).
He noted that while this virus can be stopped through behaviourial change, more tests will continue.
“We are still trying to trace the 18,000 who entered Uganda through Entebbe International Airport between March 7 and March 22,” the President said.
Mr Museveni says he remains optimisitic that if Uganda has fought HIV/AIDS through behavioral change, “COVID-19 can also be defeated if Ugandans behaved well through observing the directives.”