President Museveni Turn Down Today's Address As COVID -19 Cases Hit 248

Posted on May 18, 2020
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The 14th Presidential address on key topics in the fight against Covid-19 which was slated to take place on Monday 18th 2020 has been postponed to tomorrow, Tuesday 19th at 8 p.m.

The president of the Republic President Museveni was slated to address the nation at 8pm as the virus incited lockdown comes to an end on Wednesday.

He was expected to either comfort or extend the lockdown and guide on preventive measures against further spread of the virus that has wreaked global havoc.

“The 14th Presidential Address by Kaguta Museveni on Covid-19 which was slated for today has been moved to tomorrow, Tuesday 19th, at 8pm. We regret any inconveniences, “senior presidential press sectary, Mr Don Wanyama tweeted on Monday.

His announcement came hours after the Ministry of Health reported 21 new cases, bringing the country’s national tally to 248.

The new cases were confirmed from 1,071 samples from various points of entry into the country.

Ministry officials say all cases are Ugandan nationals from Elegu, Mutukula and Malaba points.

According to Dr Henry Mwebesa, the director-General of Health Services at the ministry, social media reports that 105 truck drives have tested positive for COVID-19, are false.

Dr Mwebesa, however, said in the statement that all 253 community samples are negative for COVID-19.

Meanwhile, he said that the ministry wasn't in a position to release results on Sunday because samples had to be sorted properly and divided between Uganda Virus Research Institute and the National Health Laboratory Services by laboratory teams for quick turnaround time.

He added that Ugandan truck drivers who test positive will be evacuated directly to hospitals, while foreign truckers who test positive are advised to return to their places of origin.

Dr Mwebesa said that all truck drivers have to undergo COVID-19 testing and receive results before proceeding to Immigration at border points.

Recently, truck drivers were allowed to proceed with their journey after their samples had been taken and when the results turned positive, they would be followed up.

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