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COVID-19 Updates: President Museveni to Address the Nation at 8PM on State of COVID-19 in Uganda


By Agnes Kiconco

KIU, Main Campus - President Museveni will address the nation tonight, Monday, 1st June, at 8pm.

ICT Minister Hon. Judith Nabakooba said that the President will be expected to guide the nation on the next steps to follow before the current extended lockdown ends on Thursday, 4th June.

“H.E President @KagutaMuseveni will address the nation on matters regarding #COVID19 and the way forward, on Monday, June 1, 2020 @8pm.# StaySafeUG,” tweeted the ICT Minister.

During the presidential address, the President is expected to announce the further ease of lockdown as the country strives to stop the spread of Coronavirus.

In his previous national address, the President announced that Uganda will gradually lift the current lockdown over the Coronavirus pandemic. Private cars have since returned on the road. He added that public transport (buses, mini buses, taxis) would resume after proper preparation on 4th June, with each carrying half of their loading capacity.

More to that, the president also said that undergraduate finalists, postgraduate finalists, finalists in the Tertiary institutions, and candidates at P.7, S.4 and S.6 levels would return to their learning institutions.

All this however, was to be implemented after the countrywide distribution of medical masks made and distributed by the government of Uganda.

Uganda still continues to register more cases of Coronavirus. So far, seven frontline health workers have tested positive for COVID-19, extending Uganda’s tally to 417.

The Ministry of Health released a statement on Sunday evening saying that 3 nurses, 2 doctors and 2 senior level staff all tested positive after a routine check-up on health workers based on the high chances of exposure to COVID-19.

“A team of experts specialized in Prevention and Control (IPC), case management, and psychosocial are currently in the various places where health workers were tested positive to evaluate the response and investigate what could have led to the unfortunate infection of health workers,” the statement read.

Meanwhile, Uganda, on 30th May 2020, registered the highest number of cases recorded in a single day ever since the first case.

"Today, 30 May, 2020, 84 new COVID-19 cases confirmed. The total confirmed cases are now 413. 52 cases are truck drivers: 50 arrived from South Sudan via Elegu, while 2 arrived from Kenya via Busia. 32 cases are contacts to previously confirmed cases. All were under quarantine," tweeted the Ministry of Health.