In a recent speech, President Yoweri Museveni revealed that bars will only reopen once 5.5 million Ugandans have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
President Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni has revealed that bars will only resume operations once at least 5.5 million Ugandans have been vaccinated against the COVID-19 vaccine.
Museveni made the remarks while addressing the nation on COVID-19 and matters of National Interest. He said that unlike many businesses where it is easy for people to adhere to the standard operating procedures, for bars it is difficult for people to remain compliant.
“Bars shall remain closed until vaccination of 5.5 million people is complete. A bar is not a place to observe SOPs. We are looking at those who are drunk. Those pushing for the opening of bars are your enemies who want you to die,” Museveni said.
“We have covered more than 12 months and survived. We have covered elections, exams and all things that were supposed to be done have been done successfully, Let’s not make any mistakes.”
Also, he said although Uganda as a country has been effective in tackling the spread of the pandemic, this is not the best time to minimise the health measures.
Museveni noted that in the meantime, all individuals should continue observing all the necessary guidelines as the vaccinated numbers sore.
“When we advise you to please maintain the measures. It is because it is so far the only effective way. It is important to get vaccinated as the numbers may sore,” Museveni added raising worries of a second wave of the virus.
“The percentage of the beds used is only 10%. Ministry of Health has informed me that there are other variants. The South African variant has been confirmed in Uganda. There is also the Nigerian one and the original one from Wuhan. The new variant makes you more sick, even the young people.”
Meanwhile, this comes at a time when the health ministry has confirmed 47 new cases from COVID-19 tests done on 14 April 2021 pushing the cumulative confirmed cases in Uganda to 41,310.
Out of these, 40898 people have since recovered from the virus while 338 have succumbed to it. The Ministry also says a total of 220,893 individuals have so far been vaccinated against the COVID-19.