Museveni to Address Nation as COVID-19 Taskforce Proposes 3 week Lockdown


President Museveni addresses teachers and education stakeholders on World Teachers’ Day at State House Entebbe last year.

Kampala – As speculation of a looming lockdown sends Ugandans into a frenzy, President Museveni will address the nation on matters arising , RedPepper Digital has learnt.

Reports reaching this side indicate that Museveni will address the nation on Saturday, May 29. And it will be nationally televised and aired on Radio stations.

The pronouncement comes barely 24hours since Covid-19 taskforce proposed a three week national lockdown to break chain of new coronavirus variant.

Held on Thursday meeting at the Office of the President Conference Hall, the meeting was attended by all Ministry Permanent Secretaries and Under Secretaries after President Museveni tasked them to handle the national response to the rising cases and deaths, resulting from the new variant of Covid-19.

Amid a massive spike in Covid-19 cases in the country, the official said that several members of the national taskforce on coronavirus pandemic have recommended a national lockdown to break the chain of transmission of the virus.

A health worker issues the COVID-19 Jab recently

We have a recommended a three week national lockdown to the President who is expected to speak soon, ” the official said.

“The President will make the final statement in due course,” the official noted.

There was a consensus among members we spoke to that the lockdown was necessary to break down transmission

The taskforce warned that any further relaxation of lockdown measures could trigger an exponential rise in coronavirus cases — amid a cabinet split about how quickly to enforce the new suggested restrictions.

Officials said, a new stay at home could be announced soon, with universities encouraged to strictly be online while public transport might be stopped.

Burials, churches, mosques and gatherings to be scientific going forward while learners who have haven’t started (P1-3) to wait a little longer.

Children in boarding schools to remain there and be monitored closely while teachers who aren’t vaccinated, the taskforce wants them to be blocked from teaching.

The major focus will be put on high risk districts including Kampala and Wakiso, with experts asking government to strengthen vaccination drive.

The taskforce has emphasized strict curfew enforcement, immediately implementation of all SOPs at all places among others.

Documents seen by UgStandard, suggest that Uganda is on course for a high death toll than during the first wave unless further restrictions are introduced.

The papers, understood to be part of presentation to the president feature several different projections of the likely course of the disease.

All models predict that hospitalizations are likely to peak in June and July.

The document warns that Kampala and Wakiso will the worst hit.

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