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COVID-19: Museveni address on today, 8pm


Museveni outlines Uganda’s strategy in a previous address. PHOTO PPU

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  President Yoweri Museveni will tonight at 8pm, address the country on efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and outline new measures to ease the lock-down.

He is expected to explain measures to be put in place to open up public transport on June 4, a week after private cars were allowed back on the road after a two-month lock-down.

KCCA has started rebuilding the main taxi park, which means a completely new system will be put in place for taxis to operate.

Meanwhile, a record 84 cases were confirmed on May 30, as Uganda’s total Coronavirus tally shot to 417 – this minus the over 158 foreign truck drivers who are no longer put on the national statistics.

Today’s address comes a day after Uganda’s heath workers for the first time got onto the list of positive cases.

Seven frontline health workers have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). The infected workers include three nurses, two doctors and two senior level staff.

Two of the seven workers are from Lira Regional Referral Hospital. The duo, a lead nurse and medical officer from Lira Hospital have been admitted at Entebbe Regional Referral Hospital while the rest are at Mulago Specialised Hospital.


Entebbe Hospital Director, Dr Moses Muwanga says that the Lira Hospital staff are stable and under close monitoring. The hospital currently has 45 patients most of whom are long distance truck drivers.

The ministry said that experts in Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC), Case management and Psychosocial management are investigating what could have happened. However, Dr Stephen Ayella, the Deputy President of Uganda Medical Association hinted on inexperience and staffing shortfalls as possible leads at Lira Hospital.

“The team of 14 health workers has never handled an infectious disease like Ebola or COVID-19 and they were also overwhelmed after receiving 21 patients in five days,” says Ayella.



  1. Let the government emphasise on the issue of putting on masks and proper with strict rules and regulations

  2. There is need to appoint a local health specialist on every Lc1 to have routine testing in order to discover cases of covid – 19 before referred to hospitals

  3. Need to call off all school programmes for 2020 to avoid confusion and be a dead year.Otherwise, other students will find no time to catch up and finish syllabus

  4. call off school program to avoid confusion in Uganda

  5. Need to call off all school programs for 2020 to avoid spreading the coronavirus and be a dead year. Government should remind Uganda police to keep monitoring and implementing the rules Up-country. When you come to Luwero no fear of COVID19 and people are moving and operating normally.

  6. Musoki meburasi

    We all know that Kampala has the biggest number of people y is he opening public transport in Kampala not other are yet he also knows wat exactly the number in Kampala is

  7. Mwesigye Sandra

    Truth is Kampala has very many people, in case it is opened again then the sick patients will have to increase.

  8. Let it be the dead year, because many people are going to be affected.

  9. The most confusion will happen when schools reopen. It is better we make it a dead year.

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