KAMPALA – President Museveni has urged foreign tourists coming to Uganda to consider the current world crisis caused by the spread of Coronavirus, and stay away as the country joins international efforts to combat the pandemic to stabilize the crisis.
The World Health Organisation declared the Coronavirus — COVID-19 a pandemic, indicating that it was out of control.
“There’s no shortcut about Coronavirus,” the President said.
“Let’s loose the money and save lives,” Mr. Museveni said, cautioning companies and those dealing with foreign tourists already in the country to follow precautions put in place to avoid catching and spreading the deadly virus.
The President was talking during a meeting with investors and the business community at Entebbe on Thursday, March 12.
The formal declaration by the WHO of COVID-19 or any other infectious disease as pandemic tells governments, agencies and aid organizations worldwide to shift efforts from containment to mitigation. It has economic, political and societal impacts on a global scale and the WHO takes extreme care when making this determination.
Quick Facts about Coronavirus:
As of March 13, the official numbers count excess of 120,000 cases in at least 114 countries. Eight countries, including the U.S., have more than 1,000 cases each, with China the most hit.
Precautions for the Public:
UNICEF and WHO emphasize:
- Avoid touching surfaces unnecessarily.
- Wash hands with soap often.
- Sneeze responsibly in tissue and get rid of them immediately.
- Use sanitizers.