President Museveni has extended the lockdown period for another 21 days. This lockdown period continues from tomorrow April 15, to May 05, 2020.
He made the announcement on Tuesday while addressing the nation on the status of coronavirus pandemic in Uganda.
“The government has decided to keep the stay home decision for another 21 days starting tomorrow April 15 tomorrow to May 05, 2020. This is meant to allow us study the situation longer. All previous measures still stand,” Mr Museveni said.
The president noted that although only 54 samples have tested positive out of the total 5,664 samples tested, it is too early to rule that Uganda is not free from the deadly virus.
“It is safer to go another 21 days than to stop prematurely. If there is anything it will come up during these 21 days. If it does not come up, we will say we tried our best. The 54 found positive might not be the only ones. The way they were found was tedious, so the lockdown extension is justified so we can find more and treat them,” he said.
The president revealed that out 5,664 samples tested, 4,015 were returnees from abroad, 1,232 were contacts of these returnees, while 417 were those who felt suspicious that they could be sick.
“We are still following up the 18,000 people that entered the country through the airport between March 7 and March 22. I would like to appeal to Ugandans to observe the prohibitions already announced, stay at home except for those carrying cargo. Stop going into the trading centers to loiter,” Mr Museveni said.
The development comes barely week after the World Health Organisation warned countries around the world against rushing to lift lockdowns.
“WHO wants to see restrictions lifted as much as anyone? At the same time, lifting restrictions too quickly could lead to a deadly resurgence. The way down can be as dangerous as the way up if not managed properly,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said last week
He said that lifting of the restrictions prematurely could lead to a resurgence which would be deadly.