On Wednesday, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda loosened limitations on anti-coronavirus measures, including permitting universities and other post-secondary educational institutions to resume classes. He based this decision on the decreasing number of coronavirus infections in the country.
Around the beginning of May, the east African nation began experiencing a second wave of the epidemic. This occurred not long after the government announced the detection of the highly contagious Delta form.
In retaliation, Museveni implemented a stringent state of emergency over the country of 45 million people, which resulted in the shutdown of practically all businesses, the closing of schools, and the suspension of all traffic.
After the number of reported cases began to decrease, several limitations were lifted by the end of July. continue reading
Museveni stated that the outbreak has continued to decrease in severity since he last spoke about it on television late on Wednesday.
“Transmission rates of COVID-19 have increased across the nation continuing its downward trend….over the past month, the daily average number of confirmed cases has been on a downward trend and has leveled out “he stated.
He stated that all colleges, universities, and other postsecondary educational institutions should now reopen on November 1. He also permitted churches and a variety of other sporting and social activities to resume, such as weddings and funerals.
However, in order to assist in preventing a third wave of the epidemic, he stated that bar closures and a variety of other restrictions, such as a night curfew, will continue to be maintained.
Museveni had 3 weeks ago announced sweeping new anti-coronavirus measures, including a ban on all vehicular movement other than for essential workers. The goal of these measures was to assist in preventing a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic that is currently affecting the nation.
The east African nation, along with the vast majority of its African contemporaries, had been spared a significant amount of damage by the initial wave. After the authorities confirmed that they had found evidence of the Indian coronavirus variation last month, the country all of a suddenly began suffering a sharp increase in the number of infections caused by Covid-19.
In a televised address, President Yoweri Museveni stated that “the country has seen a more aggressive and continuous growth of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
According to him, the number of people who test positive for the virus on a daily basis had increased to over 1,700, up from less than 100 in just three weeks.
“Patients with the Covid-19 infection are very likely to be hospitalized and die, and this is true for all age groups.”
He implemented new measures to combat the epidemic, one of which was to prohibit the movement of any cars, public or private, with the exception of those that were necessary to transport patients and those that were used by essential employees, such as health staff.
The current curfew, which had previously begun at 9 p.m., was moved up to 7 p.m., and sites including large shopping centers, churches, and sports arenas were shut down.
The local media has extensively reported that the majority of healthcare facilities, including both public and private ones, are reaching capacity and must turn away patients, while others have had their oxygen supplies taxed.
The limits were a contributing factor in the economy contracting by 1.1% in 2020; but, prior to the new measures being implemented, the Ministry of Finance had forecast that growth would increase to 4.3% in the fiscal year beginning in July.
Up until Wednesday, Uganda has recorded a total of 122,502 confirmed cases, including 3,135 fatalities.
According to Museveni, it is anticipated that a total of 12 million doses of COVID-19 vaccinations will have been brought into the country by the end of the year, the vast majority of which will be contributions.