President Yoweri Museveni will tomorrow Monday receive the status report on COVID19 from the national taskforce for a final decision on schools reopening and full opening of the economy, according to the deputy Presidential Press Secretary, Faruk Kirunda.

The task force consists of professional scientists, representatives from various government agencies including Office of the Prime Minister, Ministries of Health, Education, Trade, Finance, Tourism, Public Service and joint security agencies among others.

“Tomorrow, Monday, December 27, 2021, H.E Kaguta Museveni will receive the Status Report on the Covid-19 situation in the country from the Taskforce led by the PM (Prime Minister), Rt Hon Nabbanja. The report will inform the way forward on full reopening of the economy,” says Kirunda.

In his address on COVID19 in October this year, Museveni said schools, shut since March 2020 owing to the coronavirus pandemic, will reopen early next year regardless of vaccination uptake.

“Be informed that the schools will be opened in January and the rest of the economy will be opened in the same month,” Museveni said.

The President who noted that “vaccination is key to the reopening of the economy”, revealed that by the end of this month, the country would have received 23 million COVID19 doses and 12 million people should have been vaccinated including vulnerable people and health and education workers.

Now, it is anticipated that tomorrow, the President will, among other things, be briefed about the ongoing mass COVID-19 vaccinations around the country and the current pandemic status.

The recent six days according to official figures from the Ministry of Health, have seen Uganda record a surge in the new cases. The country confirmed 258 news cases on December 18, 357 new cases on December 19, 502 new cases on December 20, 710 new cases on December 21, 1,093 new cases on December 22 and 1,251 new cases on December 23.

The test positivity rate now stands at 14% way above the 0.7% it was at the start of this month.

Uganda which has so far administered 10,121,232 doses COVID19 vaccine, last week confirmed an increase in the recorded cases of Omicron to 25 cases up from 7 cases that were initially detected by the Ministry of Health on December 7.

Since the year is coming to an end, the President could use his end of year address to communicate the way forward depending on what the current COVID19 Status Report entails.

In his Christmas messages, the President asked Ugandans to embrace the ongoing nationwide vaccination campaign as well as observing SOPs on COVID19 during the merry-making.

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