President Museveni on Monday ordered a two-week nationwide lockdown in a bid to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus. The President said that because some people had misused the earlier measures citing ‘indiscipline and inconsideration’, stringent measures had to be taken to prevent further spread of the virus. This was Mr Museveni’s sixth address to the nation in a space of just two weeks. He noted that out of the 33 already confirmed cases, 14 had interacted with the public citing the Masaka incident where the patient infected his wife and daughter.
“If people were not behaving carelessly, we wouldn’t have spread the virus. Since we are not sure, we should not take risks,” Mr Museveni said.
“We have decided to take additional measures. I would have given the public time to adjust. But they may transfer the sickness we are trying to prevent. They may think they are running away from danger when they are taking death to our people in the villages,” he added.
Private vehicles will be banned from roads after earlier restrictions were ignored requiring cars to only carry three passengers as some people were using their vehicles to transport others and increasing the risk of spreading the virus.
“Except for cargo planes, lorries, pickups and trains, starting on March 31 at 1900 hours, there will be a curfew throughout the whole of Uganda” Museveni said.
He added that the 14 days will be used to identify, trace and isolate all individuals that have come into contact with confirmed cases.
Uganda currently has 13 confirmed coronavirus cases, zero deaths and no recoveries. Out of the 54 countries in Africa, less than 10 are yet to confirm cases. The National Task Force on the Coronavirus will offer detailed regulations Tuesday following the president’s directive, said one of its members.
Museveni also ordered the closure of all shopping malls, arcades, hardware shops, businesses selling non-food items, saloons, lodges and garages for 14 days. He noted, however, that the order does not apply to hospitals, medical establishments and organizations involved in healthcare-related manufacturing and distribution. Also exempted are commercial establishments involved in food processing and distribution as well as power generation, transmission and distribution companies, private security companies, cleaning services, the fire brigade, petrol, water and funeral services, the Kampala Capital City Authority, the Uganda Revenue Authority and the Uganda National Roads Authority. Although these establishments are exempted, access will be restricted and monitored.
Supermarkets will also remain open with restrictions from the Ministry of Health. In the event of unavoidable health emergencies such as mothers in childbirth or very sick people, permission can be sought from the Resident District Commissioner to use private transport to take them to the hospital.
A third of the world has gone into lockdown due to the novel coronavirus, with the majority of countries in Europe, which is currently the epicenter.
After first appearing in Wuhan, China last December, the novel coronavirus has spread to at least 177 countries and territories, according to data compiled by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.
More than 775,000 cases have been reported worldwide since last December, with the death toll over 37,000 and more than 164,000 recoveries.
The world is crying
May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob hear our cry.
The new coronavirus continues to spread around the world, prompting governments to step up efforts to contain the spread of the disease it causes, offically known as COVID-19. More than 40,000 people have died globally from the disease, while more than 849,432 infections have been confirmed in dozens of countries, according to the World Health Organization, which has now declared the outbreak a pandemic.
The world we live in is already broken and completely messed up. It’s time to kneel down, repent, bow down and open our ears to hear what God wants to say. He wants us to be tuned to his frequency and this only happens when we have an intimate relationship with him, i.e when we are born again (Given our lives to Jesus-Christ, believing and know that he gave his life to save us and follow his footsteps as explained in the Bible). The Bible says there is one way to Heaven. Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father but by me.” (John 14:6). This one way is to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and savior and follow God’s plans for our life which are laid out in the Bible. Good works cannot save you. Faith in Jesus alone can save you. God loves you so much and he wants you to spend eternity with him in heavens.
Just spend a few minutes reflecting about this question: “If you are to meet God right now, which kind of report would you to give him as your creator?”
If you have no clear answer, please open the red button below, attentively read every detail included and your life will never be the same. You will live forever, you will talk to your creator, he will listen to you and walk with you:
What you need to know about Coronavirus
What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
This is a new virus that causes a respiratory illness in people and animals and can spread from person-to person through sneezing and coughing droplets. This virus has signs and symptoms similar to the common cold but is dangerous and if not reported early and managed by Health Workers it can cause severe illnesses in humans and can lead to death.
Where did Coronavirus (COVID-19) come from?
There are ongoing studies on the origins of Coronavirus. However, the current outbreak started in a large animal and seafood market in China, in a city called Wuhan.
How does Coronavirus (COVID-19) spread?
Coronavirus is spread from human-to-human when an infected person’s sneeze or cough droplets come into contact with others. It can also spread when a person touches a contaminated surface, e.g. desk, chair, door handle etc. then touches their eyes, nose and/or mouth.
Who is at risk?
Everyone is at risk. However, severe symptoms and death appear more frequently among older people. People with underlying health conditions
such as lung or heart diseases, renal failure or weak immune systems are noted to be at a higher risk of infection.
What are the symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Most patients who have been seen so far present with:
- Sore throat
- Running nose
- Difficulty breathing
How can Coronavirus (COVID-19) be prevented?
There are simple everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of the virus:
- Avoid close contact with people who are visibly sick with flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sneezing). Maintain at least 1 meter distance between you and people coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Stay home when you experience these symptoms to avoid spreading illness to others.
- The sick are encouraged to use a face-mask to cover their nose and mouth.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the dustbin and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and running water.
- Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as door handles and phones
- Stay home if you feel unwell.
- Refrain from smoking and other activities that weaken the lungs.
- Practice physical distancing by avoiding unnecessary travel and staying away from large groups of people.