Uganda extends curfew, salons, boda-bodas, arcades resume

President Museveni addressed the country on Tuesday night.

National—22, July 2020: Addressing the nation on Tuesday night on Covid-19 situation in the country, Ugandan leader, President Yoweri Museveni eased lockdown, announcing resumption of major economic sectors after they were closed for more than three months.

The lockdown affected businesses and the incomes of people, with some returning to their villages because town life was unbearable.

However, on Tuesday, Mr Museveni on the advice of the country’s scientists and technocrats eased lockdown, ordering reopening of salons, 110 arcades out of over 200 in Kampala, boda-bodas (to start on 27 July). Everybody has been advised to wear facemask at all times.

On curfew, he said, it will start from 9pm (from 7pm as it has been before) and will end at 5:30am.

Mr Museveni has tagged restriction on boda-boda operations by directing that it must stop business by 6pm every day. He reveals that boda-bodas have often been used by criminals, justifying why they should not operate beyond 6pm.

“We are going to open the salons provided they provide face shields for their staff, check temperature of clients, observe social distancing, no air conditioning and partitioning of parts of the salon in the cities, plus hand washing,” he added.

Borders and Entebbe International Airport to remain closed until coronavirus situation internationally normalises, Museveni told Ugandans.

“I know we are losing a lot of revenues in tourism but health is wealth, borders as well will remain closed.’

Houses of worships, schools will wait a little longer. Government and different stakeholders continue to discuss better ways of reopening them.

The President said that he met Ministers of Education and Finance to see how government can buy radios for 9 million families to help in e-learning.

On reopening schools

President Museveni on schools’ reopening

“Today, I met Ministers of Education and Finance on how to open schools. Some money has been identified to buy radios for 9 million families.”

He added: “Before September, we are going to make a big decision on school reopening; whether to open for candidate classes, whether to announce a dead year.”

Mr Museveni continues: “That’s why I don’t want to announce a dead year. What if we get a vaccine? Our team is working on the vaccine.”

Uganda’s Covid-19 situation

By Monday 20, July 2020, Uganda’s cumulative Covid-19 confirmed cases stood at 1,072 after 3 new cases were confirmed.

The county’s recoveries that had surpassed total confirmed cases, according to the Ministry of Health, has been revised to 958.

“The Ministry of Health would like to clarify that Uganda has now excluded foreign truck drivers who were treated and recovered at our hospitals among our recovered tally,” Dr Henry G. Mwebesa, Director General Health Services, said in a press release on Tuesday.

To date, 250, 029 samples have been tested for Covid-19 in Uganda.

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