Museveni out of danger week after Covid diagnosis, brother says

Museveni out of danger week after Covid diagnosis, brother says

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. | FILE

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who tested positive for Covid-19 on June 7, is no longer in danger, his brother Shadrack Kaguta said on Tuesday.

Kaguta said the 78-year-old is in isolation and scheduled to undergo his possibly final Covid-19 test on Thursday. 

“The President is already out of danger. I happened to get in touch with him yesterday on the phone and he told me he is okay and just observing the standard operating procedures from the Ministry of Health as he waits for the final test probably on Thursday this week,” he was quoted by the Monitor newspaper as saying.

He added that the 37-year-serving president has started his normal duties “like handling some paperwork while in isolation.”

Kaguta was speaking during a national prayer service held in the capital Kampala to ask God to heal Museveni.

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Uganda had among Africa's toughest containment measures that included curfews, businesses and school closures, the shutting of borders and other steps.

It fully reopened in February 2022.

During the pandemic, Museveni, who is vaccinated against Covid, was always been seen in public wearing a mask and has always conducted his official duties while social distancing and would often be seen seated alone in a tent on the lawn of his office when meeting visitors.

(Additional reporting by Reuters)

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