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September 21, 2021

Confirmed: Museveni To Declare Second Lock Down As National Covid-19 Task Force Makes Tough Recommendations

 

The National Covid-19 Task Force formed to handle the national response to the current resurgence of Covid-19 has advised President Yoweri Museveni to immediately place Uganda into a total lockdown for three weeks if the country is to break the spread of the virus.

The Task Force comprised of all Ministry Permanent Secretaries and Under Secretaries, epidemiologists and other health experts was chaired by Health Ministry Permanent Secretary Dr Diana Atwine and Minister Jane Aceng who sat at Office of the Prime Minister on Thursday made the recommendations and the president is yet to declare the next step in his national address expected to take place in a few days.

The experts said Uganda is liked to slip into a total health crisis considering the number of Covid-19 cases registered in the recent past with many patients in ICUs and others dying.

Usually, the second wave of a pandemic comes with increased cases, or clusters of cases, are identified, along with an increased potential for person-to-person transmission.

The majority of the health experts were in agreement that a total lockdown for three weeks would help to mitigate the resurgence of this virus.

The meeting made subcommittees to prepare for the lockdown in case President Museveni accepts the idea.

Part of the experts has this Friday met the President to discuss with him the deliberations of the Thursday meeting.

Museveni will then meet the cabinet on Monday at State House Nakasero to convey the suggestions of the Covid-19 Task Force.

Its also suspected that the President will deliver the State of Nation address on June 4 at Kololo Independence grounds.

Some experts, however, disagreed with those fronting the lockdown idea insisting that it will deepen the economic crisis which may crash the economy.

Those against the lockdown said the government can introduce tough measures to enforce SOPs like closing schools, curfew, resumption of scientific burials, ban on public gathering, among others.

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