Eight new Covid-19 cases have been confirmed in Uganda – rising total cases 97.
According to Dr Henry Mwebesa, Director General Health Services, six cases were recorded out of 2,061 samples of truck drivers while two infections are from the community confirmed from the Rapid Assessment Survey.
“The five truck drivers arrived via Malaba border post while one arrived via Mutukula point of entry,” said Health Ministry in a statement on Monday night.
“One community case, a resident of Kyotera District while the other is a Ugandan truck driver from Mutukula.”
The discovery of new infections comes just hours after President Museveni ordered 14 more days of a national lockdown to prevent further spread of the virus.
Museveni partially leases lockdown, issues new guidelines
President Museveni in televised address on Monday evening eased the lockdown and lifted the ban on a number of businesses
‘ ‘You can’t fail to sleep for fear of dreaming a bad dream. We shall start slowly to open up but without undoing our previous achievements. The achievements are 89 cases with 55 recoveries and no deaths.’’ The president said.
He added: Our survival core strategy is closing. There are some sectors we closed and we didn’t collapse. Agriculture, factories, construction, cargo transport, essential services in opening up, we start with measures that consolidate these
The partial opening up will see agriculture, construction, hardware shops, wood and metal workshops, vehicle garages, restaurants, wholesalers and warehouses ,restaurants (providing only takeaway), allowed to operate.
However, he said, operators and clients should observe social distancing guidelines and wear facemasks.
“We will allow the wholesalers to open. However, the wholesalers will observe the social distancing rules. The seller must be two metres from the customer but should be protected with a mask and the customers must be four metres apart,” he said.
Mr. Museveni maintained the closure of education institutions
How will they (children) travel from home to school? That means we have to open public transport and if you allow public transport and all these people are sitting there in these buses and minibusses, what are the risks? The risks are too high,” he said.
Issues new guidelines
Museveni says everybody who goes into the public from now on will be required to wear a face mask because coronavirus can’t fly on its own. It travels from us through droplets, air from us. The mask on the nose and the mask stops the ride of the virus to travel through mucus
Museveni says the reusable face masks must be washed and ironed daily and handwashing must continue. Maintain the other measures of social distancing, eating fruits. Those sneezing shouldn’t go to the health centres, they should call the nearest health centre
He also said he will not tolerate banks and landlords demanding loan repayments and rent from people who are not working. ‘’They don’t have to cancel the loans and rent, they will get paid when people start working all over again’’
In his closing remarks, the president revealed that all previous guidelines remain. That means, The 7.00pm to 6.30am curfew, ban on all gatherings, unauthorized and none essential private and mass transportation remain in place for the next two weeks.