Museveni Coronavirus street jogging
President Museveni while addressing Uganda banned roadside and street jogging amidst coronavirus concerns. FILE PHOTO

President Museveni while addressing Uganda banned roadside and street jogging amidst coronavirus concerns 

President Museveni on Wednesday banned roadside and street jogging amidst worries that it would act as a breeding ground for the spread of the deadly coronavirus in Uganda.

Following the declaration of a two-week lockdown in a bid to mitigate COVID-19 spread, many people were forced to stay home and their jobs also put to a standstill.

As a result, many Ugandans in recent days have resorted to exercising physically as a way of cutting time. On a daily, they run and jog about on the streets and roadsides.

However, while addressing the nation on Coronavirus pandemic, President Museveni directed all victims of roadside and street jogging to stop what he described as a carefree type of life.

He advised those who feel they cannot do without exercising to do so in their homes rather than in public because it limits the element of social distancing.

“You must have discipline. You must stop this carefree type of life. There should be no exercising in public. Do it in your compound and room,” Museveni said.

President Museveni’s directive comes at a time when Uganda as a country is now on 53 coronavirus cases after one person tested positive of the virus on Wednesday out of the 214 samples that were reviewed.

Museveni Coronavirus street jogging
President Museveni while addressing Uganda banned roadside and street jogging amidst coronavirus concerns. FILE PHOTO

In East Africa, Uganda comes after Kenya with 179 cases and Rwanda with 105 cases as the country with the most COVID -19 victims. Tanzania only has 24 cases.

Museveni was yet again addressing the public on the ongoing pandemic and what position the country is in to tackle the deadly coronavirus.

He applauded Ugandans for being partly compliant to rules and guidelines arguing that if the public had not paid attention to simple details then the COVID -19 situation would be worse by now in the country.

“I want to thank people for responding well because if they hadn’t, I don’t know where we would be. However, some actors play with fire but they should stop,” Museveni thanked.

Also, Museveni commended government for reacting fast towards the virus to see that it does not spread steadily in the country.

He added; “If we had not acted in time, I don’t know where we would be now.”

Meanwhile, he explained that the government is working to see a reduction on the rules and directives but this will not come first because coronavirus is still at its first stage of growth in the country.

“We are still assessing the effect and we don’t want to rush too quickly to celebrate that we have succeeded. We are monitoring the results which may not be conclusive but showing some success.”