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By Mulengera Reporter

President Yoweri Museveni has said he is pondering fresh drastic directives to contain the spread of the deadly Coronavirus disease hours after Uganda’s infection toll rose to 23.

Late Friday night, the Health Ministry announced five more people had tested positive for the respiratory disease in addition to the four confirmed earlier in the day. (See: UGANDA CONFIRMS FIVE NEW CASES, INFECTION TOLL RISES TO 23).

Commenting on the new cases Saturday morning, the President admitted he was bothered by the realization that some of the patients had interacted with communities, and there are fears that their friends, relatives and other people they made contact with could have been infected.

“Although the number is growing, I am still happy to see that the majority of returnees are negative which means they don’t have the virus. However, the worry is that the people who are positive had circulated in the population,” wrote Museveni.

He has since tasked the Ministry of Health (MoH) to screen contacts of the patients. He also revealed he would soon issue more directives.

“Nevertheless, the medical teams will trace all the contacts and check on them. We may have to take additional drastic measures. I will keep you informed,” he said.

In the past 10 days, Museveni has announced a raft of preventive measures, including closure of schools, a ban on public gatherings, regulation of trade and markets, and suspension of public transport.

However, with the average number of cases for six days jumping from three to four in about 12 hours, the head-of-state could announce a curfew as his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta did. But Ugandans expect the president’s new orders to address survival during the lockdown, including a directive on rent, utility bills, commercial bank loans and food supplies.

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