WHO says Highest COVID-19 infections reported in Uganda

The WHO says Uganda is now the latest country to record the highest number of COVID-19 infections.

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COVID 19 deaths in Uganda as a country has risen. PHOTO via @MOH

The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified Uganda as the latest country to record the highest number of COVID-19 infections on the African continent, as the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise in the country.

  • Uganda now tops the list, with Rwanda and Eritrea recording relatively high percentages.
  • The report also signals that the number of COVID 19 deaths in Uganda has risen.
  • The ministry confirmed an additional 44 new COVID-19 cases from trials conducted on August 30th.
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According to the World Health Organization’s Health Emergency Information and Risk Assessment Report released on August 26, in recent weeks, Uganda has been running for the second time in a week, with the highest percentage increase in the number of new COVID-19 infections on the list of African countries.

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According to the report, Uganda has recorded 184%, Rwanda 137%, and the Comoros 100% in recent weeks with 100% and more epidemics. 

Uganda now tops the list, with Rwanda and Eritrea recording relatively high percentages, according to a World Health Organization report released on August 19.

The report also signals that the number of COVID 19 deaths in Uganda as a country has risen dramatically compared to the August 19 report. As of today, a total of 32 people have been infected with the virus since the health ministry announced two more deaths on Monday.

The ministry confirmed an additional 44 new COVID-19 cases from trials conducted on August 30, 2020, bringing the total number of cases in Uganda to 2,972, with more than 1,288 recovering from the virus since then.

In addition, the ministry noted that more cases have been reported in Kampala in the past few weeks than in any other district, showing that Uganda’s population and work in the district is a major contributor.

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The Ugandan People’s Defense Forces last week helped enforce COVID-19 health guidelines by the health ministry and state president on the deployment of local security units (LDUs) around the main city centre during daylight hours and working hours.

The LDUs are typically used to work from 9 pm onwards to help enforce the curfew orders outlined earlier by President Museveni as part of the government’s easing of locking operations.

However, according to Defense Ministry spokeswoman Brig Flavia Byekwaso, the evidence suggests that people in Kampala are reluctant and reduce their activities, including wearing a mask, washing their hands with soap and maintaining social distance.

“When you go public, you can see that in most cases people have forgotten the COVID-19 standard operating procedures. If this continues, there is no other option but to bring back the LDUs,” Brig Byekwaso said last week.

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