KAMPALA — President Yoweri Museveni has said he is happy that Ugandans are heeding guidelines including sleeping in markets and work places to halt the spread of COVID-19.
He particularly drew an example of market vendors who are staying in the markets – instead of going back to their homes for the 14 days of partial lockdown – as per his earlier directives.
The president who was updating the nation on the COVID-19 fight on Friday night says he was also informed that the factories, too, are obeying the directives and are encamping their workers.
“We don’t want to make your life difficult, but this is a matter of life and death. Today over 500 people died in New York – in just one day. We are not talking about convenience, we are talking about survival. I wouldn’t bother you so much if it was about convenience,” he said adding that “this is a war – and I am confident that as Uganda, we shall win this war against coronavirus.”
He also warned Ugandans not to be near anybody who is sneezing or coughing.
“Stay at home and separate yourself from other members of the family if you are sneezing or coughing, he said adding “Report to health individuals to ascertain if your cough is the normal one or not”.
To contain COVID-19, like many other countries, Uganda is implementing measures, which restrict gatherings and the movement of people with a nationwide lockdown in effect since March 18.
As of April 3, 2020, Uganda has registered 48 infections by Friday April 3 night with no deaths.