Health ministry officials say the drop in numbers is just the calm before an impending second wave.They advise that instead of celebrating the end of COVID-19, Ugandans should adhere to the all public health measures because the low numbers are a transition to what is to come
According to results released by the ministry of health, the 14 include five truck drivers, four returnees, three community alerts and two contacts. One of the contacts is a female from Namisindwa district who is believed to have into contact with the country's first COVID-19 registered death
The drug has been used to treat some positive cases of the disease at some treatment facilities like Entebbe General Hospital. It was used in combination with antibiotics like azithromycin and painkillers where needed.
The three cases are part of over 2,000 tests that were carried out yesterday. Two of the positive cases are truck drivers who entered the country using the Malaba and Busia points of entry while one case was a community case from Kampala.As the number of COVID-19 cases globally increase, WHO is cautioning leaders to disseminate the right kind of information where COVID-19 is concerned
They were among a bigger group of 187 people that arrived in the country on Wednesday. According to the health ministry, the two were under quarantine at the time of testing. The other cases are four truck drivers that were picked from points of entry while three cases were from communities.
Nine of the confirmed cases were picked from alerts and contacts of already confirmed cases in the areas of Kampala, Kyotera and Nebbi while five of the cases were picked from points of entry in Busia, Mirama Hills, Bunagana and Lia. An additional 27 foreign truck drivers who tested positive were sent back to their countries of origin.
Dr. Monica Musenero, an Epidemiologist and Senior presidential adviser on epidemics, says Uganda is yet to see the worst due to complacency. She says people are no longer afraid of the disease and have abandoned wearing masks and social distancing.
All the new cases are Ugandan contacts to people who have already tested positive for the disease. 15 of them are from Kyotera, nine are frontline health workers from Kampala while eight cases were from Yumbe. The rest were picked from the areas of Mayuge,Pader and Buvuma.
Rugunda heads the National Covid19 Task force and has been meeting several people on the task force and receiving relief donations. He however, couldn’t disclose the number of people who will be tested.
Of the 12 new cases, five are of truck drivers who entered the country through the Elegu point of entry, while seven are contacts of previously confirmed cases. Another 25 foreign truck drivers were handed over to their countries after testinb positive.
As part of the new measures, transport or logistic companies will have to test all their drivers within the country and then adopt and implement the new “Truck Driver Journey Management System” Mobile application for easier monitoring.
On this day, Amina went to work like any other day. However, what started as a normal day has turned into months of lengthy shifts in the market since the ban on public transport on March 25. Amina used to commute from Kito Village, in Kira Sub county, Wakiso district to come to Nakawa Market on a daily basis.
Atek Kagirita, the ministry of health COVID-19 Incident Commander says instead of registering the number plates of cars, the clever driver registers the trailer number. As a result, officials are unsure about the whereabouts of 13 truck drivers who tested positive and are believed to have entered the country and exited without coming into contact with health officials after their results were released.
The scientists who are part of the national task force say that is it inevitable for the number of confirmed cases to rise when the lockdown is lifted because Ugandans who are currently in their homes now will have the opportunity to mix and hence spread the disease.
The two cases are a 35 year old Kenyan male driver who entered the country through the Busia border. The second case is a Ugandan male from Masindi who was confirmed through the ongoing health ministry community survey