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Coronavirus - President Museveni issues another statement with revised measures

April 09, 2020 7:15 PM @ugandaonline

The President in his latest speech on COVID-19 stopped his security people from beating up others as they enforced the measures, landlords were also told not to evict tenants during the lockdown period. He also encouraged exercising from indoors as opposed to exercising in public which he banned. He has released a clip of him doing 30 pushups from his office...

President Museveni while addressing the nation on the COVID-19 disease

President Museveni while addressing the nation on the COVID-19 disease

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President Museveni started off his speech by letting Ugandans know that it is a matter of life and death so people should not take matters lightly because it involves mass deaths.

It is not about failing businesses, or missing education, we are talking about stoping mass deaths. Uganda has not yet registered a single Coronavirus death.

The president added that he was going to be very harsh with anybody playing around.

The country has now taken 33 measures to curb the spread and among them are closing of the schools, suspending prayer groups, non food shops were closed, public transport was suspended all in efforts to curb the spread of the virus.

The airports too were closed because the virus was coming from out.


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How we arrive at the 53 cases!!

On the 21 March, 2020 that was when the testing kicked off and on that day, 11 samples were tested and one turned out to be positive and the 10 negative.

On 22 March, 2020 22 samples were tested and none were positive.


On 23 March, 2020 27 samples were tested and 8 were positive.

On 24 March, 143 samples were tested and 5 were positive.

On 25 March, 2020 104 samples were tested and nobody was positive.

On 26 March 2020, 197 were tested and 4 were positve.

On 27 March 2020, 5 were positive while 222 were clean

On 28 March 2020 225 were tested and 7 of them were positive while 218 were clean.

On 29 March 2020 206 were tested and out of them three were positive.

On 30 March 2020 82 were tested and all were found to be negative.

President Museveni

On 31 March 2020 176 were tested and 11 were found to be negative, these were the children from Watoto Choir.

On 1 April 2020 63 were tested and they were all clean.

On 2 April 2020 302 were tested and only 1 was found positive

On 3 April 2020 419 were tested and only 3 were positive
On April 4 2020, 398 were tested and nobody was positive
April 5 2020, 300 tested and 4 were positive.
April 6 2020, 231 tested and no one was positive.
April 7 2020, 150 tested and nobody was positive.
April 8 2020, 214 tested and only 1 was positive.

The majority of these were in the quarantine.

The Government is now looking for the 18,816 travelers who came through the airport from March 7, 2020 to March 22 according to the passenger manifest.

The President went on to thank Ugandans for behaving and responding well not forgetting listening to the guidelines.

He went on to inform the country that this Coronavirus disease is very dangerous for many people especially those with other health conditions like HIV, Hypertension and Diabetes. He is yet to confirm if it does affect pregnant women in the same measure.

Before coming up with more or revised measures, the President reminded all those that were claiming to be bored that the grave was more radical than boredom much as it was more peaceful there.

  • Exercising in public 

You should do this in your homes recalling how he used to exercise from his hotel room in London. There should be no exercising in public.

President Museveni did 30 pushups after jogging around his office

Physically Fit - President Museveni did 30 pushups after jogging around his office

  •  Indisciplined security people

The President wondered why people were being beaten. "Beating people is not part of security work. You tell people to go home and if they refuse, arrest them with a police person, put a handcuff if you have, but not beating. Even cows are not beaten these days," The President added.

  • Security personnel should also not enter people's homes at night. And for the case of those who have turned their private homes into bars, the President advised that officers can get permission from their superiors to access the said home after getting intelligence that a crime is being committed and in this case, the rule of health emergency is being violated and the violation of which is attempted murder.
  • Turning your house into a bar

This could cause you to be arrested for attempted murder in these COVID-19 times.The same action would be applied to those who are holding secret communal prayers.


No boda boda's should be seen carrying a passenger. They can only carry cargo, especially the door to door deliveries and by 2:00pm they should stop operations.

  • Distribution of food by Politicians

The Police should arrest these ones and charge them with attempted murder.

  •  Landlords evicting people because of rent

This should not be allowed. The police should not allow the landlords who are trying to exacerbate a health crisis
The shut down is for a limited period, it will be over and you can then demand for your money.

After the 30 days, the authorities will be assess the situation to see if things are okay, but the number of the positives much as not conclusive shows some success on one side.

The President was, however, worried about the people who came through the land borders because the airport was easy to monitor.

  • Double Cabins and Pick Ups

These should be carrying cargo and if not, they should not move, the drivers should also not transport people, if they do, they will be charged with attempted murder.


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