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COVID 19 Cases Rise to 53; Museveni Bans Outdoor Exercises

One new case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Uganda this Wednesday evening, Chimo Corps report.

This was out of the 214 samples tested today at Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI).

This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 53 in Uganda.

Director General Health Services Dr Henry Mwebesa said in a statement that the “new confirmed case is a 36-year-old female, resident of Wakiso district who travelled from China on 21st March.”

He added: “She was under institutional quarantine at the time of test.”

Uganda has in recent weeks been witnessing a significant drop in the number of Coronavirus infections with hundreds testing negative.

President Museveni today ordered that Boda Bodas should not work beyond 2:00pm.

He also  praised the Health Ministry for “doing a great job” in containing the spread of the novel virus.

Uganda has not registered any Coronavirus-related death.

Museveni said all physical exercises should be conducted indoor to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

“If you want to exercise, you can exercise in your house. You must stop this care-free type of life. There should be no exercising in public. Exercise in your compound, exercise in your room; and tommorow I will put for you a video to show how to exercise in your room,” he ordered.

In addition, the President issued a strong warning to errant security officers who have on many occasions brutalised people on the pretext of enforcing presidential directives.

This comes just hours after security officers in Amuru district were charged and remanded to 6 months in jail for dehumanizing treatment of people in Elegu town Council.

“I don’t know why they beat up people. Beating people is not part of security work. Security work is you tell people to go home. If they refuse, you arrest them. Even cows, we don’t beat them these days. I don’t want to see a security person beating people,” he charged.

“Why are you beating people? You are giving our security forces a bad image and we need that good image. You are now weakening us. You are not strengthening us,” said Museveni.

The actions of security personnel, he added, tarnishes Uganda’s security forces’ image not only internally but also Internationally

Further, Mr Museveni cautioned security officers against entering people’s homes while implementing presidential directives on COVID 19 pandemic.

There has been fear that people have turned their houses into bars after a ban was imposed on all night clubs and bars.

This, Museveni said, the security should use intelligence to report the matter to their superiors to allow them carry out a search.

To people violating measures (health emergency regulations) put in place are attempting to commit murder and if one is arrested, they will be charged with attempted murder and not granted bail.

“You brought people, you want them to die, you turned your house into a bar, the people you brought you don’t know who they are, you are a murderer,” said Museveni.

The reduction in the number of Coronavirus cases is a big relief to the Ugandan population currently grappling with a lockdown and night curfew.

Prevention

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person.

The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

There are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.

These include: avoiding close contact with people who are sick, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should: stay home when you are sick, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces e.g. doors.

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