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Introduction – President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has partially relaxed measures for lockdown, that were announce 42 days ago of COVID-19 following the drop in numbers of the admitted and death levels across the country.

Why the Forty two days was relaxed?

The president’s decision to open up the country was based on the advice from the National Planning Authority (NPA) which said that if the country fully opens up, there will be 500 new cases per day averaging 2,000 cases per week and this would take the country to the third wave.

The second option was maintaining the lockdown which would see only 30 new cases averaging 246 new cases every week. However, this option would be devastating economically not only for Ugandans but also the economy at large.

Museveni said figures from the Ministry of Health showed a consistent reduction in daily confirmed cases from the peak of 1,735 to an average of a new low of 71.

Added to this is a consistent drop in positivity rate from the highest of 22% to an average of 8% to-date and  falling the daily admissions of the severe and critically ill patients from 204at the peak to less than 50 per day, to-date.

The last option which the president adopted would be the partial reopening which would see an increase to 301 new cases per day which would eventually fall to 66 new cases per day by the 28th day

The measures for lighting the ban

The relaxed restrictions lifting ban include all private, public transport and the inter-district movement ban, among others, tourist vehicles allowed, Entebbe airport remain open with well followed SOP’s in place to check the arriving international passengers, and no air-conditioning in all public transport, conference halls.

However, three persons are only allowed carried in the private vehicles including the driver while public transport are authorized to only 50 per cent of their capacity. He told the country in an address on Friday evening that the decline in COVID-19 positive cases and deaths necessitates relaxing the measures.

Motor cycles known as Boda bodas have also been allowed to carry one passenger on the condition that both are wearing a face mask.

Curfew remains maintained from 1900hrs to 0530hrs to prevent burglars in the guise of the night to attack, only security forces allowed in the night for protection  

The shopping Centre of Kikuubo has been opened provided that all kiosks and roadside vendors are relocated to other areas.

Malls, arcades and other businesses have been reopened provided they comply with all SOPs including having adequate lighting, clear entry and exits, CCTV cameras, proper hygiene, registration of owners of shops and its attendants.

Burials and weddings ceremonies for now 20 attendants in the venue are only allowed with maintained social distance amongst each other.

However, places of worship have remained closed for more 60 days while the decision will be reviewed. He encourages virtual religious services restricted to only 10 people while outdoor sports activities are allowed without spectators and under strict SOPs, Indoor sports activities including gyms and pool table remains closed.

Also to remain closed are gaming, betting, cinema, casinos, concerts, bars, saunas, and steam baths. Also banned are seasonal markets, mobile markets, conferences, workshops and seminars unless with permission from the ministry of Health. This decision will be reviewed after another 42 days.

Schools are also to also remain closed until learners between the age of 12 and 18 have been fully vaccinated. However, the president said the Ministry of Health working with that of education should work out modalities to see medical schools opening.  For the public and formal sectors, staff levels have been revised from 10% to 20%.

Food markets remain open except for mobile markets that remain closed till further notice

More Vaccine Doses arrive in the country

Meanwhile Uganda has received 586,000 doses of vaccines on Saturday 31st July, 2021, from Norway and China respectively, the doses were received by the Ministry of Health Minister Dr Ruth Aceng at the Entebbe Drug Stores, These will help to increase the numbers of Vaccinated persons in Uganda. So far about 1,100,000 persons have been vaccinated till to date.

Conclusion: The President concluded saying that if all these preventive measures are well followed, the country can avoid the third wave. But total opening up will be based the half the proposed said to vaccinate population of the country

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