By Ivan Mwine
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is set to address the country today June 18th about the COVID-19 situation and measures that have been put in place by the government to combat the spread of the virus.
The scheduled public address that is slated for 8:00Pm and will be broadcast live on all local radio and TV stations.
“Fellow Countrymen, Countrywomen, Bazukulu, I will address the country TODAY at 8:00pm on a number of issues but mostly the COVID-19 situation,” Museveni tweeted on Friday.
He added that; “I call upon you to tune in to the different radio & TV stations for this address.”
During his last COVID-19 address, President Museveni announced a partial lockdown with new directs aimed at curtailing the spread of the virus.
Some of the directives that were issued by the president include closure of all schools and universities, closure of all places of worship, suspension of inter-district movements, among others.
However, the President is set to update the nation about the COVID-19 situation in the country after consulting the National COVID-19 Task Force.
The Presidential address comes at a time when infection rates and cases of COVID-19 related deaths are increasing.
According to information from the our sources, several patients are reported to have died at Mulago National Referral Hospital on Tuesday night after the facility’s oxygen supply malfunctioned.
However, officials from the Ministry of Health were reluctant to discuss the matter which, if true, presents the biggest single-day Covid-19 death reported at the country’s largest Covid-19 treatment centre since the outbreak of the disease in the country in March 2020.
Dr Rosemary Byanyima, the Mulago Hospital deputy director, said she was not sure about the deaths, but admitted that the facility had been grappling with problems of oxygen supply from the plant.
The Health ministry announced that Covid-19 deaths stand at 542 currently, out of 67,215 total cumulative cases and 48,823 recoveries.