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Uganda resurrects COVID-19 restrictions

President Yoweri Museveni has resurrected COVID-19 restrictions ordering that those who have not been vaccinated stay away from public gatherings.

In a televised address, about the health situation in the country, Museveni said the National Task Force on COVID-19 had reviewed the current situation in the country and made recommendations aimed at avoiding a resurgence and flare-up of infections. These, he said, must be adopted for implementation with immediate effect.

Among those new restrictions include; having a certificate of vaccination with evidence of up-to-date boosting in order to be allowed entry into formal meetings and public places including religious gatherings, local council meetings, and other social meetings.  Where there is no up-to-date vaccination certificate, a negative PCR test within 24 hours must be presented to be allowed access.

The president also said that a COVID-19 vaccination certificate will be required to access offices at all government ministries, departments and agencies and other public and private offices. The use of masks, the president also said, is recommended for all individuals in enclosed places and public gatherings.

For people aged 50 years and above, and those living with comorbidities, Museveni said should get vaccinated and boosted at least every six months while individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 should not go to closed or crowded places. 

“I have been informed by the ministry of Health that so far we have received a total of 48,897,520 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country through donations and procurement by government. Of these, 26,281,566 doses have been administered to the population and 22,615,954 doses are still in National Medical Stores. To date, 59 per cent of the population 18 years and above have received at least two doses of the vaccine while only 6% of the children aged 12-17 years have received 2 doses of the vaccine.  This coverage is below our target of 28.5 million eligible Ugandans (22 million adults and 6.5 million children) who are up to date with their vaccination against COVID-19...I direct the ministry of Health to re-launch the vaccination exercise and ensure more people are vaccinated especially the elderly, those with comorbidities and children aged 12-17 years. Let us work together to ensure the Coronavirus does not flare up again,” said Museveni.

For the most part of this year, there has been a very low rate of COVID-19 infections. According to the ministry of Health, the positivity rate continues has been between 0.4 per cent to 1.2 per cent compared to when it was in double digits at the peak of the infection. 

This reduction in the spread has caused laxity among the population not only in Uganda but across the world. In fact, in China where the virus started, thousands of Chinese nationals dissatisfied with COVID-19 restrictions have for the last week taken to the streets to air out their discomfort.

Demonstrations in China are a rarity and the government ruthlessly deals with them. It’s not yet clear how the Uganda public is going to react to Museveni’s latest directives. To date, there have been a total of 170,694 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 3,632 deaths. 

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+6 #1 Akao 2022-12-03 19:00
Hahahha, the old man has run out of how to run the country.

No one else except China at this point has restriction on covid-19. What does it even mean by public gatherings, so people going to funerals, traditional marriage and those informal gatherings, who is going to monitor them?

There are so many big issues affecting Uganda that even an LC1 would come up with a better issue to address than covid 19 issue
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+5 #2 Lysol 2022-12-04 05:13
It is all about control. Museveni is a control freak, because he gets a kick out of it. He wants to control Ugandans like he does with his malnourished zebu cows.

He tried with Ebola and that was not enough, now we are back to the covid-19 again. We are worst than China under Museveni.
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+5 #3 Komakech 2022-12-04 08:09
Old age is not an easy thing. How many people are wearing masks in Qatar
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+1 #4 Wazza 2022-12-04 21:00
Real mburwa mukoro!
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0 #5 kabayekka 2022-12-04 22:10
With all the blatant corruption that is going on in this country, the crippled health service and the constant military adventures about entering anyhow in the internal affairs of other African countries, how can these renewed restrictions be successful in Uganda.

These African social complications are the ones that have confounded this country with the persistent spread of Ebola!
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+2 #6 Lakwena 2022-12-05 08:00
What an idle and disorderly "Copy Cat" of his vicious Chinese Maoism!.

Since on 26th Jan 2017, "Tibuhaburwa", already told us off that he is neither our servant nor employee; why should any Ugandan listen to the man?

Gen Tibuhaburwa simply does not care a straw about Ugandans. He only loves listening to himself and vanity.

In other words, the best punishment Ugandans can inflict on Gen Tibuhaburwa is to stop listening to him; by turning off the Radio/TV whenever he opens his big mouth.

Let him talk/lecture to his family members to whom he is a servant and employee.until he drops dead.

Otherwise, with or without Tibuhaburwa dishonest, empty self-conceited kupulappulanya (unconvincing directives), Ugandans will continue to live their lives.

After all, personal health and/or well-being is a personal responsibility, and not a directive of a vile dictator.
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0 #7 Lakwena 2022-12-05 08:11
It is high time Ugandans woke up!

36 years and counting, instead of fighting IGNORANCE, POVERTY and DISEASES; Gen Tibuhaburwa is "deceitfully" using ignorance, poverty and diseases to control and emasculate Ugandans.

Otherwise, why do we have the worst standard and quality of Education and Health Service delivery in the Region?

In other words, ignorance, poverty and diseases are permanent bed fellows.
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