Uganda Lifts National Lockdown On COVID-19, Opens Public Transport

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BY SALIM KALANZI

President Yoweri Museveni has lifted the national lockdown instituted on June 18 to contain the spread of COVID-19, opening up public transport effective August 2, 2021.

Museveni said data generated by the Ministry of Health has recorded a consistent drop in positivity rate from the highest of 22% to an average of 8% currently.

He noted that there has been a fall in daily admissions of the severe and critically ill patients from 204 at the peak to less than 50 per day.

“A sharp fall in hospital Covid-19 patient admissions from over 1,000 in early June to just over 600 ending July. However, the drop in the daily number of deaths remains slow due to late presentation to the hospitals.,” Museveni said during his televised address.

President Museveni says a combination of more than 500,000 COVID-19 vaccines are expected in the country tonight donated by China and Norway.

Results of COVID-19 tests done on July 28, 2021 by the Ministry of Health, confirm 393 new cases, representing a 10% reduction in positivity rate.

Only 29 death were registered. The cumulative confirmed cases are now at 93,675.

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Museveni said: “Government is usinga multi-pronged approach to secure adequate vaccines for the target population of 22 million, 18 years and above. Scientists have informed me that children above 12-18 years can also be vaccinated using the Pfizer vaccine.”

A summary of new guidelines issued by Museveni

  1. Curfew time maintained
  2. Bodada can move up 6pm
  3. Boda can carry one person
  4. Kikuubo to open but all kiosks and road side vending banned.
  5. Malls and arcades can open with compliance of sops.
  6. Burials should not exceed 20
  7. Weddings not more than 20
  8. Places of worship to be closed and reviewed after 60 days
  9. Out door sports allowed
  10. Indoor sports not allowed
  11. Gaming closed
  12. Bars remain closed
  13. Restaurant open with sops
  14. Saloons to operate with strict sops
  15. Saunas to remain closed
  16. Schools remain closed
  17. Medical schools to open
  18. Office workers 20%
  19. Private vehicles to move across districts
  20. Public transport to resume Monday with 50%
  21. Seasonal markets remain closed

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