Lira—25, August 2020: Following an increase in Covid-19 infections and deaths in recent weeks, government became annoyed following the populations’ laxity in fighting the pandemic.
Rumours flooded social media platforms with the claim that the government’s chief executive, President Museveni, was annoyed and thus he was advised to impose another lockdown.
TND News has also learnt that the president on Monday met a delegation from Covid-19 national task force and the latter were expected to “update the president on the ways forward and to guide him on what should be done next”.
This publication could not timely verify last decisions made from that meeting, and above all, if another lockdown was agreed on.
In an interview with TND News’ media partner, 94.3 QFM Lira, Health Minister Dr Jane Aceng said: “No lockdown.”
The Minister also said she is not aware of any planned presidential address to the nation today (Tuesday) and rumours circulating that there is a planned second total lockdown.
She called it “null and void” as per Lira City based radio station, 94.3 QFM.
It’s no doubt that Dr Aceng is one of the many Doctors trusted by the President, especially during this Covid-19 pandemic time.
Sources, months ago, told this digital publication that for the previous lockdowns, Dr Aceng was widely consulted by President Museveni with the former Okaying the lockdowns and other strict guidelines.
With her saying “no lockdown”, Ugandans might have speculated and read the President’s mind wrongly, not thinking on health matters he doesn’t act alone.
20 Ugandans have died of Covid-19 in less than one month.
On Sunday last week, 3,457 total samples were tested, bringing the cumulative samples tested to date to 351, 845.
Since March this year, 1,248 total recoveries have been recorded against 2,362 total infections.