COVID-19 Update

Uganda Receives 586,080 Covid-19 vaccines from China, Norway

Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng and other Chinese officials posing with a consignment of AstraZeneca vaccine. PHOTOS/ COURTESY

Uganda has received a total of 586,080 Covid-19 vaccine doses in support of the vaccination exercise in as the country grapples with the second wave of the coronavirus.

The Minister for Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng announced this on Saturday, July 31, saying of the 586,080 vaccines received, 286,080 AstraZeneca doses were from the Norwegian Government, while the 300,000 doses of Sinovac vaccinee was a contingent received from the People’s Republic of China,”

The development comes hours after President Museveni on Friday announced a partial lockdown with eased restrictions following a dramatic reduction in the covid-19 cases in the last six weeks.

In the new guidelines announced, Museveni ordered public and private transport to resume operations from Monday but limited to carry passengers at half capacity for the meantime.

The President also ordered for the schools and places of worship are to remain closed and the 7pm-5am curfew to stay in place.

In further restrictions, Museveni allowed the number of employees allowed to go to their offices to increase from 10 to 20 per cent of the workforce.

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“If these measures are taken, we shall prevent the third wave,” Museveni said in a televised address to the nation. “We can defeat this disease.”

Nevertheless, he warned that stricter measures could be reimposed if people failed to abide by the rules.

Read more on the new restrictions announced on Friday, July 30, here


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