Members of Parliament have proposed an extension of 2021 General Elections due to the Corona Virus outbreak.
This development comes after the Minister of State for Health, Primary Health Care Dr. Joyce Moriku Kaducu said that Uganda had not confirmed any case of COVID-19 as of 03rd March 2020 but the risk of its importation was very high
“As you are aware, Uganda has maintained its open entry policy for travelers even from affected countries as most of these nations have major business, tourism, and other links. To date, a total of 722 travelers have been isolated for purposes of follow up. Of these, 499 are Chinese nationals, 150 are Ugandan citizens while 73 other nationals. 41 percent of these people have completed their mandatory days of self – isolation. Additionally, so far samples from 10 suspected cases of CoronaVirus disease have been tested and all tested negative,” she said.
After which she urged Ugandans to avoid mass gatherings, handshaking, hugging and as well observe infection prevention methods such as washing hands at all times.
On the issue of avoiding mass gatherings, MPs proposed for the extension of the 2021 elections since all campaigns will comprise public gatherings.
The Legislators wondered why Government is allowing people from high-risk countries to come into the Country yet Countries like the US that can contain the virus are restricting entry of People from high-risk countries.
However, Kaducu retaliated that as a ministry there will be a ban on public gatherings but the government will not restrict any people from entering into the country.
On 31st January 2020, WHO declared the Coronavirus alias COVID-19 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and the declaration meant that all Member States must put in place considerable measures to Prevent, Detect and Response to this outbreak.