His excellent the president of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni will today 21st July 2020 address the country about the current situation of the COVID 19 pandemic.
He will be streamed live on all radio and television in the country at 8:00 pm.
Ugandans will particularly be eager for a new decision on a curfew that runs from 7 pm to 6.30 am that has seen huge traffic jams in the evenings. President Museveni is also expected to outline new Standard Operating procedures for public transport, boda bodas and ease the lockdown.
The re-opening of the education sector will be another key highlight of the president’s address.
As of today, Uganda has 1069 cases, 1071recoveries, 188 active cases and has tested over 247646 people for COVID-19.
The last time Museveni addressed the nation a month ago on 21st June 2020, the following where done;
- Curfew time will stay from 7pm to 6.30 am. The measure is both a security and health intervention.
- Private vehicles can now carry four, up from three passengers, including the driver. They should observe SOPs like wearing masks.
- Boda bodas. Despite innovations like barriers between rider and passenger, they remain a high-risk carrier. Bodas will stay carrying cargo, not passengers.
- Places of worship will stay closed. They’d pose a difficulty in contact tracing and are a high risk contamination area.
- Arcades will stay closed. However, relevant agencies will work with arcade owners to pilot prevention procedures to inform future relaxation.
- Mobile markets, like arcades, will stay closed. They are high risk areas, present difficulty in contact tracing, etc.
- Hawkers(ing), vendors should be discouraged. They get in contact with many people, can’t be traced etc. However, they need targeted education/information.
- Repatriation of bodies for burial in Uganda. They can be repatriated but with strict SOPs from health and foreign affairs ministries. E.g. Body must be wrapped in a waterproof body bag, placed in a zinc lined coffin and an outer metal or wooden box.
- Salons will stay closed. Activities here involve close contact between/among people. Contact tracing would be difficult too.
- Travel in and out of Uganda for medical reasons should be barred, in principle. However, Ministry of Health and other agencies can handle case by case.
- The following border districts will stay under lockdown: Rakai, Kyotera, Amuru, Buikwe, Gulu, Arua, Adjumani, Moyo, Nebbi, Zombo, Adjumani, Arua, Busia and Bulisa. The lockdown in the following border districts can be relaxed: Amudat, Bududa, Bukwo, Bundibugyo, Buvuma, Hoima, Isingiro, Kaabong, Kabale, Kalangala, Kanungu, Kasese, Kikuube, Kisoro, Kitgum, Koboko, Kween, Lamwo, Maracha, Mayuge, Moroto, Namayingo, Namisindwa, Ntoroko. The others are Ntoroko, Ntungamo, Pakwach, Rubanda, Rubirizi, Rukiga, Rukungiri, Sironko, and Yumbe.
- Education institutions will stay closed. Its still too risky to open schools. In the meantime, government will launch a big long-distance education programme through radios. Each homestead will get a radio set.