By Goodluck Musinguzi
Uganda efforts of fighting against Covid19 have kept the numbers of infections very low compared to other countries in the region. However, there was a steady rise during the second wave that hit Uganda leading to a second lockdown.
Emmanuel Ainebyoona, Senior Public Relations Officer in his weekly press briefing said as of 31th August 2021, Ministry of Health had registered 120,208 cases since March 2020.
“3031 people have succumbed due to Covid19 with 95,590 recoveries, the Ministry of Health is currently monitoring an increase in Covid19 transmission in some parts of the country”, the statement read
The Ministry of Health denied information being circulated on social media that Uganda had already entered the 3rd wave, a claim that is not true.
“we continue to observe a decline in the number of cases across the country, the message claims that Mulago National Referral Hospital is full to capacity, which is not true”.
Mulago Hospital has in the past week been having an average of 24 patients admitted and receiving Covid19 treatment. As of 31st August active admission in both public and private health facilities stood at 449 patients, out of which 26 cases are admitted with private facilities.
The Uganda Virus Research Institute has been undertaking genomic surveillance to understand the variant strains behind the Covid19 cases in Uganda.