KAMPALA – Some members of the public are calling for a total shutdown following a sharp rise in the Coronavirus infections with Predident Museveni indicating that more drastic measures may be taken to halt the trend.
Uganda is one of the least affected countries in the Coronavirus pandemic in the region, with the country recording 23 infections by Saturday, March 28, 2020.
But in his morning missive today, President Museveni expressed disappointment that some of those who came from outside the country and tested positive, had mixed with the population.
” ……. the worry is that the people who are positive had circulated in the population.
As a result, we may have to take additional drastic measures. I will keep you informed,” he said on Saturday morning.
It is now understood that country’s national security council working with the ministry of health have approved a lockdown for Kampala Metropolitan Area such that those who mixed with the infected are traced, quarantined and tested and the areas of contact disinfected.
This means that areas of Kampala, Mukono, and Wakiso will be totally locked down, with no one allowed to leave their homes. Only critical staff such as journalists, medical workers, factory staff and security agencies will be allowed on the street.
Sources close to those handling the matter have intimated to this website that the President is expected to announce the new measures this evening.
So far, the President has banned public transport, closed schools, Churches, and other public gatherings to contain the epidemic in vain. Almost on a daily basis since last weekend, at least four cases have been registered, with the President worried that total lockdown is the only remaining option.