President Museveni Debunks Death Rumours

President Yoweri Museveni tweeted on Sunday night that he was still self-isolating. The social media statement followed rumours that he had died after contracting Covid-19.

Mr Museveni tested positive for the virus on 7 June and said the following day that he was taking “forced leave”.

“Greetings. It is now day five of my corona-status. Last night, I slept very well up to the 10th hour of the night (saa kumi za usiku – what the Europeans call 4am)”, the Ugandan leader said in a long Twitter post.

He urged Ugandans to go for Covid vaccination and booster shots, especially for the elderly.

Rumours have emerged on Twitter over the past few days that Mr Museveni had been transferred to intensive care and later died from Covid complications.

After giving a State of the Nation address at the parliament’s grounds last week, President Museveni, 78, gave a first hint that he may have contracted COVID, saying in the morning he had felt a slight cold, prompting him to request COVID tests.

He said two of three tests he had done were negative, and he was waiting for the outcome of another.

“So I am a suspect of corona and I am standing here. That is why you saw me coming in separate cars with Mama,” Museveni said, referring to the First Lady Janet Museveni, who accompanied him to parliament.

The World Health Organization declared last month that Covid was officially no longer a global health emergency, but warned that the virus would continue mutating.

Source: BBC & Reuters

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