By Spy Uganda
Kampala: Its a moment of panic amongst Ugandans who are praying that the country don’t go into total lockdown despite escalating cases. This is a result of President Yoweri Museveni’s announcement that he will tonight at 8:00 p.m. deliver another address in regard to the surge of COVID-19 cases in the country despite the existing partial lockdown.
It is worth noting that Museveni few weeks ago re-imposed a strict lockdown that included the closure of schools and the suspension of inter-district travels to help beat back a surge in COVID-19 cases something that seems to have not worked out.
Fellow Countrymen, Countrywomen, Bazukulu, I will address the country TODAY at 8:00pm on a number of issues but mostly the COVID-19 situation. I call upon you to tune in to the different radio & TV stations for this address.
Yoweri T K Museveni
President of Uganda.
— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) June 18, 2021
“Fellow Countrymen, Countrywomen, Bazukulu, I will address the country TODAY at 8:00pm on a number of issues but mostly the COVID-19 situation. I call upon you to tune in to the different radio & TV stations for this address,” Mr. Museveni tweeted.
This comes at a time when the country is running short of medical oxygen as grapples with the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic.
TheSpy Uganda earlier reported that, Diana Atwine, permanent secretary at the ministry of health, said in an interview with local media that there was a high demand of oxygen due to the surge in numbers of COVID-19 patients in High Dependency Units and Intensive Care Units (ICU) across the country.
The country has also seen new cases rising by 49 per cent in the last week, by 8,574, or 18.7 per 100,000, according to the World Health Organization’s weekly epidemiological report – one of the highest figures in Africa, the only part of the world currently reporting rising infections. It comes on top of a 131 per cent increase in cases last week, too.