Museveni Tests COVID Positive

Yoweri Museveni, the president of Uganda, tested positive for COVID-19 but is otherwise healthy and will carry on with his responsibilities while receiving treatment, a top official from the health ministry said late on Wednesday.

“Today …the President tested positive for COVID-19. This was after developing mild flu-like symptoms. However he is in robust heath and continues to perform his duties normally while adhering to SOPs,” Diane Atwine, permanent secretary at the health ministry, said on Twitter, referring to standard operating procedures for handling COVID cases.

Museveni, 78, provided the first indication that he might have contracted COVID earlier on Wednesday after delivering a State of the Nation speech on the grounds of the parliament. He said that the morning after feeling a mild cold, he decided to get COVID tests.

Two of the three tests he had conducted, he claimed, had come back negative, and he was awaiting the results of the third.

I am standing here as a suspect in Corona. That is why you saw Mama and I arrive in separate cars, “Museveni stated, referring to the First Lady Janet Museveni, who was with him when he went to parliament.

Uganda adopted among of the strictest containment measures in Africa at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, including curfews, business and school closures, the closing of borders, and other actions.

In February 2022, it fully reopened.

Museveni, who has received his COVID vaccination, always wore a mask while out in public during the epidemic, did his official business while maintaining social distance, and was frequently spotted sitting by himself in a tent on the grounds of his office when receiving visitors.

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