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Uganda’s national task force charged with spearheading the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic is to review the reopening of schools after they were closed back in March following the outbreak of the virus in the country, a top government official said on Sunday.

According to the report seen by NCMP, Judith Nabakooba, minister of ICT and national guidance explained that President Yoweri Museveni instructed the task force to review the possibility of a phased reopening of schools, starting with candidate classes and clinical medical students.

NCMP also gathered that the taskforce is also supposed to review the status of the remaining sectors that are still closed like tourism, reopening of Entebbe International Airport among others.

Nabakooba said the team is supposed to report back to the president early next week and thereafter he will address the country on the next step forward.

Museveni in July said that the government would before September make a final decision on whether to reopen schools.

He said the options are: open school starting with candidate classes or declare a dead year.

He said that in the meantime, government is looking at remote learning through radio and television as being an alternative.

According to the ministry of health, Uganda as of Sunday had a cumulative total of 2,928 COVID-19 cases, 1,288 recoveries, and 30 deaths since the index case were registered on March 21.

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