Prof Pontiano Kaleebu, the Executive Director of Uganda Virus Research Institute, says that while the decrease in COVID-19 cases is a blessing in disguise, it is going to affect many ongoing studies. According to Kaleebu, at the time that many studies were reported, the country was reporting at least 200 cases a day.
The highest number of deaths was recorded in November 2020 with 94 deaths reported followed by December with 47 deaths. Since the beginning of 2021,74 deaths were reported in the month of January. This accounts for more than 65 percent of the total number of deaths that have been reported in the country.
According to the health ministry, the removal of the cases was a directive from President Yoweri Museveni. The WHO country representative says Uganda's move is okay as long as neighbouring countries are informed so that the discarded numbers can be added onto their country of origin
The 10 include nine truck drivers and one contact of a confirmed truck driver. This brings the number of confirmed cases for truck drivers to 145. The new cases were part of 1,497 samples that were tested on Wednesday.
The standard news media of Kenya reported today that the Kenya Medical Research Institute had overturned COVID-19 test results on a Kenyan long-distance truck driver who was tested positive in Uganda while on transit a fortnight ago.
"Out of 203 samples that were tested today (Sunday), 3 were confirmed positive for COVID-19. This brings the total number of cases in Uganda to 33," said the Health Minister, Dr. Ruth Aceng on Sunday evening.