The president of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni Kaguta has extended the lockdown to another 21 days.
While addressing the country on Tuesday April 14, the president extended the lockdown to more 3 weeks starting with Wednesday 15th April 2020.
The president acknowledged that Uganda will handle the crisis and win the battle of Covid-19, a pandemic that has killed over 126000 people globally by now.
The 21-day lockdown runs till May 5th 2020 and the government will assess the efforts during this period and establish whether it could lift some bans including that of public transport.
The State of Corona Virus in Uganda
At the televised state address, the president said that Uganda has so far done 5664 tests. The confirmed positive cases total to 54 people.
There are 7 people who have recovered and have been discharged. Uganda has not yet registered any death and no patient is within the state of serious or critical condition.
Among the tests done, 4015 tests were returnees who had travelled abroad. 1232 tests are for the people who had interacted with the returnes who “escaped’ or did not get quarantined at that time. 402 tests have been done on people who had contact with the already confirmed positive cases.
Why an Extension of 21 Days
Uganda needs the 21 days to comb its corners and identify any positive cases that may be still at large.
The government is going to utilise this time to reach out any people who made contacts with the positive cases who are still undertaking treatment.
The president has advised Ugandans to stay at home and take the measures set against spreading corona Virus seriously.