Uganda to relax lockdown restrictions after finishing assessment on COVID-19

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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday said the country would lift lockdown after the ministry of health concludes a rapid assessment of the prevalence of COVID-19 in communities.

Museveni said in a televised address that the outcome of the survey will be announced on Monday and will determine the next step the country would take when the 35-day lockdown ends on May 5.

The survey, starting on Tuesday, targets market vendors, truck drivers, communities around border crossing points, health workers, security forces and other people likely to be infected. During the survey, the investigation teams will take a blood sample, a nose and throat swab from individuals to test for the novel coronavirus.

“Our people are studying intensely. We shall give you guidelines and way forward before the end of the lockdown on May 5,” said Museveni.

Museveni said the guidelines and restrictions that the country imposed from March 18 have helped contain the spread of the virus.

“These prevention efforts have given us good results. We have been testing people every day since March 21. Our curve has been flat,” said Museveni.

So far, Uganda has confirmed 79 coronavirus cases, with 52 recoveries.

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