The Government has clarified that 14 new COVID-19 fatalities reported by the Ministry of Health on Thursday 5th November to have occurred in a single day is not true.
The Minister of ICT and National Guidance Judith Nabakooba told reporters at her office in Kampala on Sunday that the 14 new COVID-19 were a total of COVID-19 fatalities that had occurred in 4 days.
“During the nomination week, there were some false reports that Uganda had registered 14 COVID-19 deaths in a single day. These numbers are not correct. The 14 COVID-19 deaths reported on Thursday 5th was a total of deaths that had occurred over 4 days and not in a single day. Between 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th November, Uganda registered 14 COVID-19 deaths,” Nabakooba clarified.
Whereas the error has been corrected, Nabakooba reminded Ugandans that COVID-19 is still around and very deadly.
“The number of COVID-19 cases has continued to rise daily and the country’s health facilities especially the Intensive Care are being over stretched. We are all reminded that COVID-19 is real and it kills. On a daily basis, the country continues to lose sons and daughters to this deadly disease. I want to remind everyone to take seriously the existing guidelines on prevention,” she said.
Now that the country is undergoing an election period, Nabakooba urged every Uganda to remain alert and called on all presidential aspirants to lead by example in the fight against the pandemic.
According to the program issued by the Electoral Commission, election campaign will begin on Monday 9th November 2020.
As candidates go out on the campaign trail, Nabakooba urged them to incorporate the preventive messages of COVID-19.
“Encourage your supporters to stay away from crowding and ensure that those attending planning meetings have their masks on all the time.”
Nabakooba also challenged places of worship which she said, did well in the first few weeks of reopening but “we are observing some relaxation starting to emerge.”
“Religious leaders are reminded to ensure all agreed upon measures are put in place all the time,” she said.
When President Museveni okayed the reopening of places of worship, he tasked them to have a congregations not more than 70 people. However, religious leaders called for the increase of the number on the pretext that some places of place have more space to host more than 70 ensuring social distancing.