KAMPALA —President Yoweri Museveni will address the nation tonight, Monday, June 22, State House has said.
Senior Presidential Press Secretary Don Wanyama said via his Twitter that the Museveni will address the nation at 8 p.m Ugandan time before the currently extended lockdown ends on June 25.
President @KagutaMuseveni will address the country today, Monday, at 8pm, giving an update on the country’s fight against COVID-19 and related issues. Catch address on TVs and radio,” Mr. Wanyama said.
The President is expected to announce lifting further lifting of the lockdown as the country works to stop the spread of coronavirus.
To date, Boda bodas, churches, bars, night clubs, gyms and saunas are facing an extended lockdown of the next 21 days in a bid to avoid further spread of coronavirus.
Addressing the country on Monday June 1, the president said all those cannot easily observe the social distancing rules.
He also extended curfew for another 21 days while opening of schools for candidate classes were postponed for another one month as government plans whether to provide private television sets for all the villages in the country.
The president is expected to shine a light on all those categories including arcades and boda bodas.
A new study by scientists at Makerere University College of Natural Sciences last week recommended that government extends the Covid-19 lockdown up to October.
The scientists said rushing to release more than 75 per cent of the population from lockdown before the said time would cost the country more than 10,000 infections, something that is unmanageable given the fragile health system.
They also said the move could set the second and “more disastrous” wave of the pandemic in the country.
“….with 3,200 hospital beds and not all are ICU-like in capacity, releasing more Ugandans within the 100 days, means the pressure on the health facilities would be overwhelming in case of new infections,” wrote the scientists.
“….75 per cent of the population can only be effectively released from lockdown after 210 days (around October 2020) if the possibility of having the second wave of the infection is to be mitigated,” they added.
The study report titled, “Understanding the dynamics of decision making amid political, public, socio-economical, national and regional challenges and interests,” was released last week by Makerere University.