Uganda Extends Lockdown

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday extended the country’s lockdown over the coronavirus by 21 days, from April 15, to May 5.

President Museveni made the announcement while addressing the nation on the status of the coronavirus pandemic in Uganda.

“The government has decided to keep the stay-home decision for another 21 days starting tomorrow. This is meant to allow us to study the situation longer. All previous measures still stand,” he said.

He noted that although only 54 out of the total 5,664 tested samples returned positive results for the Covid-19 disease, it was too early to declare that Uganda was safe.

“It is safer to go another 21 days than to stop prematurely. If there is anything it will come up during these 21 days,” he said.

“If it does not come up, we will say we tried our best. The 54 found positive might not be the only ones. The way they were found was tedious so the lockdown extension is justified so we can find more and treat them.”