COVID-19 Update

Museveni Declares June 25 a National Public Holiday for Covid-19 Prayers

Museveni, Janet and Patience Rwabwogo attending the prayers at Kololo in April 2021 (File Photo)

STATE HOUSE | UGANDA: President Yoweri Museveni has declared tomorrow, Friday, June 25, 2021 a National Public holiday countrywide to hold national prayers as the battle against the second wave of Covid-19 rages on.

This will also be the 4th National Prayer Session for interdenominational prayers as the country battles a rise in Coronavirus infections.

As of June 24, Uganda has recorded 74260 Covid-19 infections and 752 deaths since March last year.

According to the latest statistics, the number of infections in the last month has increased by 17% whereas the number of deaths has also more than doubled.

The President has used powers given to him under Section 2(2) of the Public Holidays Act to declare tomorrow a public holiday to enable the country hold prayers to seek for God’s intervention in the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The prayers will be held virtually at State House Entebbe at mid- day but the leaders of the various religious denominations will lead the prayers via zoom.

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The Born-Again Christians, Pentecostals and Evangelicals will base from Rubaga Miracle Centre Cathedral, the Seventh day Adventist Uganda Union will base at Kireka Hill, Catholics will base at St. Mary’s Rubaga Cathedral, the Orthodox will be at St, Nicholas Cathedral Namungoona, while the Protestants will be at All Saints Cathedral, Nakasero and the Muslims at Ghadafi National Mosque, Old Kampala.

Members of the public have been asked to attend prayers from their homes through radios, TVs and social media channels that will relay the prayers live.

The development comes a week after President Museveni imposed a total lockdown of the country for 42 days as a measure to control the spread of the virus.

“The strategy is to prevent these infections so that we have few infected people if at all. The situation can be managed by minimizing the number of infections and give urgent care for the severely ill,” Museveni said last week.

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