KAMPALA — President Museveni has reiterated his call from his Wednesday directives to the young people “to be very careful” against the backdrop of talk that coronavirus does not kill young people.
From some of the information coming in from affected countries, Museveni said, over 20% of the people succumbing to coronavirus are young people.
His thinking is that this could be that the virus is changing.
“Therefore, everyone should be careful,” he cautioned.
President Museveni has also called on Ugandans to steer clear of “excessive pessimism of some actors” regarding the economy of Uganda in the face of the coronavirus crisis.
He said that while some sectors like tourism, entertainment and sports will be directly affected, it is a chance of local players to seize the opportunity and produce what the country would have otherwise imported from other countries
Health minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, who was among a select team of leaders of key institutions in the room at State House, has thanked the President for tightening the screws.
She said the additional measures “will go a long way in enhancing our measures on the ground”.
“I do believe that closing the entry points is the way to go” as it will help the authorities better monitor the situation around the country.
She said that her ministry receives as many as 2,000 alerts on a daily basis and that the public sensitization needs to continue.
“We have nearly over 1,800 people quarantined all over the country,” said Dr. Aceng and explained that these constitute those completing self-quarantine and those under institutional quarantine.