KAMPALA – President Museveni is set to address the nation again after five more coronavirus cases were confirmed in the country on Wednesday.
According to Senior Presidential Press Secretary Don Wanyama, the head of state will speak to the nation at 8pm on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, after chairing a special Cabinet sitting.
It is understood that the Cabinet unanimously agreed to a total lockdown to contain the spread, exacerbated by returnees from the United Arab Emirates, specifically Dubai, who have since mixed with the population.
“After chairing a special cabinet session today, President Museveni will address the country at 8pm in face of the Covid-19 pandemic. Broadcast will run across all TVs and radios,” Mr Wanyama said.
The move comes after the Ministry of Health on Wednesday, confirmed five new cases of coronavirus, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 14.
Sources close to Cabinet have revealed that the President may announce a total lockdown to prevent further spread of the disease.
In his first address last Wednesday, the President ordered closure of schools and worship places to prevent the spread of coronavirus. By then, the country had not registered any coronavirus case.
The country has since registered 14 cases.
On Tuesday, the President addressed the country and warned “crooks” who are hiking prices of food stuffs and basic commodities in the face of coronavirus pandemic that they face arrest.
Mr Museveni was addressing the nation on the next measures to contain the coronavirus epidemic after eight more cases were confirmed in the country on Tuesday morning.
He revealed that despite the rising cases, the country has shown capacity to contain them.
“We have tried to put measures in place like blocking flights and closing of borders, we may have done it a bit late but we had to notify all the other parties.
Otherwise this disease is manageable, do not worry, all you have to do is listen to what we tell you and we shall defeat it,” Mr Museveni said.