Museveni declares Covid negative status, emerges from 11-day self-isolation.

President Museveni being cheered by his wife, Janet Kataha Museveni as he walks in the compound of their State Lodge in Nakasero, Kampala after his Coronavirus test results indicated he was negative on June 18, 2023. PHOTO/ PPU

The Covid-19 pandemic has drastically impacted people’s lives across the globe, forcing us to make significant changes to the way we live, work, and interact with each other. Uganda, like many other countries, has been battling the virus for over a year and has struggled to contain its spread. Despite its efforts to curb the virus, Uganda has seen a rise in Covid-19 cases and deaths over the past few months.

On June 7th, President Yoweri Museveni announced that he had tested positive for Covid-19. This news came as a shock to many people in the country, given the perception that the president was untouchable. Despite his Covid-19 diagnosis, the president remained committed to serving his country and continued to work from the safety of his home.

President Museveni underwent an 11-day self-isolation period while receiving treatment for the virus. During this period, he kept the country informed of his condition, providing updates on his health and urging the public to follow Covid-19 health guidelines. President Museveni declared himself Covid-free, having recovered fully from the virus.


The president’s Covid-free declaration brought a sense of hope and relief to the Ugandan people, who have been grappling with the pandemic’s impact on their daily lives. The news also highlights the importance of following health guidelines, even for those in positions of power.

Throughout his self-isolation period, President Museveni continued to work and oversaw government activities. He had designated his deputy, Edward Ssekandi, to take over his duties, ensuring continuity of government while he was away. The government also implemented contact tracing and monitoring of individuals who had interacted with the president before his self-isolation period.

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The Ugandan government has been committing to providing relief and support to citizens during the pandemic. Recently, it launched a vaccination campaign aimed at vaccinating over 40 million people by the end of the year. However, vaccine hesitancy and insufficient supply have slowed down the vaccination process.

The Covid-free status of President Museveni is a significant milestone in the country’s fight against the pandemic. It serves as a reminder of the importance of following health guidelines, getting vaccinated, and taking the virus seriously. The president’s recovery and return to his duties also mean that the country can resume its daily activities with greater confidence.

In conclusion, President Museveni’s Covid-free declaration is a beacon of hope for the people of Uganda. It highlights the importance of taking the virus seriously, adhering to guidelines, and trusting the advice of medical professionals. As a country, Uganda must continue to work together to combat the pandemic and overcome its impact.

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