By Spy Uganda
President Yoweri Museveni has revealed that the number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Uganda have increased to 53, after the ministry of health recorded another patient on Wednesday.
President Museveni revealed this during his 9th National address about Coronavirus, during which he said that; “Out of 214 people tested today, only 1 tested positive of COVID-19. The Total COVID-19 cases in Uganda is 53. About 3,600 have been tested and only 53 are positive. That’s where we are now.”
The President also noted that; “There are some actors that play with fire. This disease is very dangerous. Those playing with fire should stop playing and talking nonsense. You’re in the house bored? That is good for you, you could be in the grave. There is no boredom there, things are very calm. This is not about convenience. It is a matter of life and death.”
He stressed that “I want to remind you again that the issue is not convenience, business or education. The issue now is a matter of life or death, we are not talking about normal life; we are talking about life and death on a large scale.
Museveni also warned people engaging in public outdoor exercises during the COVID-19 lockdown. He said “If you want to exercise, you can do it indoors. That’s how I survive. I usually come back late and find when Mama Janet has slept and I run around in the room. You make 20 laps and exercise. I don’t have huge space here, I would have shown you how to do that. I will make a video and send it to you.”
He also acknowledged that Ugandans were implementing the 33 ministry of health guidelines, which has helped the country to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
“I want to thank Ugandans for responding well and for behaving and listening to the guidelines. There are however some actors that play with fire. They play with fire. This disease is very dangerous especially to people with pre-existing health conditions like AIDS, diabetes, High blood pressure, etc.”
He also issued a stern warning to Local Defence Unit (LDU), Uganda Peoples Defence Forces and other security officers who are flogging people. “I have a problem with my security people. I don’t know why they like beating people. That should stop. Even cattle these days are not beaten Why beat people? Beating people is not part of security. If they refuse to go home, arrest them.”
About the issue of people turning their private homes into bars, Museveni said that “Well, I have heard that some people are turning their homes into bars, there are ways to handle this. Liaise with the area security and police, collect enough intelligence and round them up, because this is attempted murder. Any person who is caught bleaching these health guidelines will be arrested and charged for murder. You are murderer because this is a health emergency.”
He also noted that: “Again I heard of the politicians who are trying to involve themselves in the distribution of food. The police should arrest those people and eerr.. And arrest them for attempted murder because they’re interfering with the regulations.”
“Some people were talking of preparedness, saying Uganda is not prepared. No we’re very prepared. We had the outbreak of Ebola, at that time we had no were to test. We had to take the samples to Atlanta, Georgia. We no longer send tests anywhere.”
He added that “On the issue of the masks, they’re going to come now. They’re going to bring 1 million surgical masks through NEC. Besides, our own factories are gearing up to produce these items.”
He further said that; “ You’ve seen the issue of sanitizers, we had only one company producing sanitizers and they were exporting to Kenya but in no time, many companies have come in and Uganda will be even exporting more.”
“On the issue of examinations, some people were putting pressure that they want to have exams. But this is not understanding the situation. The Banyakole have a saying that ‘ekifi kya mutuma’.. The house is on fire, we’re not talking of sleeping when the house is on fire.”