KAMPALA — President Yoweri Museveni has announced that Uganda’s lockdown will be extended for anorher 21 days (three weeks).
The President, while addressing the country on Tuesday April 14, acknowledged that Uganda was not prepared for a crisis that has killed several people worldwide.
The 21-day lockdown extension runs till May 5, 2020 as the health professionals work hard to clear the infections in Uganda, as assess the emergency of new cases.
Mr. Museveni says that out of 5,664 persons tested in Uganda, 54 have been found to be positive. As many as 4,015 were returnees – coming back to Uganda from abroad, 1,232 were those who interacted with the returnees (contacts) and 402 were those who had not been in contact with the returnees or travelled out, but because they got some symptoms, they reached out to the health officials to be tested (alert individuals).
Following the domestic testing, the health officials started to test the inter-state cargo transport drivers.
On Monday, the President added, 372 drivers were tested at the Malaba entry point. All these were found to be negative of the coronavirus.
At least 117,752 people have died worldwide from the novel coronavirus in 193 countries and territories, according to an AFP tally around 1900 GMT Monday based from official sources.
There have been 1,889,410 reported infections since the virus emerged in China in December, 2019.
The United States has the most deaths of any country with 22,935. It also has the highest number of reported infections with 568,176.