CORONAVIRUS: President Museveni Extends Lockdown For 3 More Painful Weeks

President Museveni has announced an extension of the national lockdown for a period of three more weeks.

“Government has decided to keep the stay home decision for another 21 days starting tomorrow April,15 to May, 5, 2020 to allow us to study the situation longer,”Museveni said.

Museveni said despite some strides taken to combat the spread of the deadly virus and have worked, there is need to continue monitoring the same.

He said there are still a number of danger points that would see the virus spread in the country including the porous border points with nearby countries that allow people sneak into the country, cargo trucks drivers and their crews, aircraft crew, UN workers whom were allowed to continue operating and health workers treating people with Covid-19.

The president said that to avoid taking chances, there was a need to extend the lockdown so that these danger points can be taken care of.

He said that all the previous directives meant to combat the spread of the deadly virus will still be enforced.

WHO warns

The development comes barely week after the World Health Organisation warned countries around the world against rushing to lift lockdowns.

“WHO wants to see restrictions lifted as much as anyone. At the same time, lifting restrictions too quickly could lead to a deadly resurgence. The way down can be as dangerous as the way up if not managed properly,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said last week

He said that lifting of the restrictions prematurely could lead to a resurgence which would be deadly.