President Museveni has revealed that many parents are concerned about the safety of their children due to COVID-19 pandemic and therefore don’t want schools to reopen.
While officiating Heroes’ Day celebrations at State House Entebbe on Tuesday, Museveni said he received multiple phone calls from various parents telling him to maintain closure of schools for the safety of their children.
“Many of the parents do not want schools to open,” he said.
Museveni added that one of the parents told him that learners should rather have a dead year than contracting COVID-19.
“Let the year be wasted but children survive,” a parent told Museveni.
President Museveni ordered the closure of schools on March 18 2020 as part of the wider efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Uganda.
On May 19, Museveni promised that schools would reopen on June 4 but only for candidate classes.
The date for reopening of schools was later adjourned for another 30 days.
Currently, Uganda has a total of 657 COVID-19 confirmed cases.
The Ministry of Health on Tuesday confirmed 11 new COVID-19 cases from samples tested on Monday, bringing the total number of infections in Uganda to 657.
“Results from samples tested on 08th June 2020 confirm 11 new COVID-19 cases. The total confirmed cases are now 657. All the new confirmed cases are Ugandans,” the Health Ministry announced on Tuesday.
Of the new cases, 5 are truck drivers from Malaba and Elegu points of entry while 6 are among contacts and alerts from Amuru and Kyotera districts.
Fortunately, all 46 samples from health workers tested negative for COVID-19.
Atotal of 1,412 samples from points of entry were tested for COVID-19 on Monday, 878 were from contacts and alerts while 46 were from health workers.
Meanwhile, 34 foreign truck drivers tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday.
Currently, Uganda has a total of 657 COVID-19 confirmed cases, 103 recoveries and no fatalities.