Posted: 3rd June 2020

COVID-19 in the countries we work in overseas – update 12

At Signpost International we continue to work and communicate with all of our communities throughout the world during this global pandemic. We want to keep you up to date with the current Coronavirus situation in the countries and communities we work in.

At the time of publishing (1:30pm on Wednesday 3rd June 2020) this is the current situation in the countries we work in.

Uganda

There are 507 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Uganda and no confirmed cases in the communities we work in. On Monday evening President Museveni announced that the country is not ready for Schools to reopen. “I had talked about opening schools after June 4, but we have further studied this with the scientists and the eventual decision was to delay. We have 1.4 million children in these candidate classes and finalists. We don’t have enough testing kits for testing those numbers every two weeks.” Museveni revealed that it would be at least another month till schools reopen to pupils sitting examinations this year. Tomorrow, 4th June, public transport will resume but with the necessary health and safety measures in place. Travel in districts bordering neighbouring countries is not allowed for the next 3 weeks at least. Churches, Mosques, bars, night clubs and gyms will also remain closed for the next 3 weeks at least.

Tanzania

The US Embassy in Tanzania has warned that the risk of contracting coronavirus in Dar es Salaam, and other regions is extremely high because the government have not released COVID-19 data in several weeks. ”The Tanzanian government have not released aggregate numbers on COVID-19 cases or deaths since April 29. Consequently, we are unable to provide specific guidance for U.S. citizens in Tanzania. Given the presumed ongoing community transmission in Dar es Salaam and other locations in Tanzania, the risk of contracting COVID-19 remains high.” President Magufuli continues to believe the country’s economy is more important than Coronavirus, urging the country to continue as normal.

The Philippines

There are now 18,997 confirmed cases of the virus with a death toll of 996 in the Philippines. There have been no confirmed cases in the neighbourhood of West Habog Habog where we work. All of the country is now in modified community quarantine, with millions of people now back at work but adhering to strict restrictions.

Please do continue to pray for all of the Countries and communities we work in throughout the world.