Since the resumption of public transport in June, Uganda is experiencing an increase of Covid-19 cases with a total of 1848 confirmed cases and 19 deaths. Among these 18379 are community cases that are followed up as contacts.
The chairperson of the Sheema District COVID-19 task Force Frank Kyerere has faulted Kateshumbwa for holding a procession around Sheema Municipality, disregarding all guidelines issued to ensure that the disease, which spreads through person to person contact is forestalled.
While the country has cumulatively handled 1,140 COVID-19, cases, the Ministry of Health is concerned that the two cases come from previously unknown COVID-19 hot spots. The two cases are believed to have originated from Kisenyi II in Mengo, a highly populated city suburb, and parts of Rubaga South.
According to the Ministry of Health officials, they have not been able to carry out contact tracing or even test family members of the deceased for COVID-19. Bernard Lubwama, an epidemiologist and also the head of COVID-19 surveillance at the health ministry says that they have failed to access close family members of the deceased.
The deceased was a 34-year-old woman from Namisindwa district. She succumbed to the disease on Wednesday at Joy Hospice Centre in Mbale district, where she was admitted a day earlier after presenting with COVID-19 symptoms.
According to the health ministry, the 34 year old deceased was a Kenyan national married to a Ugandan. On admission in hospital, the deceased presented with COVID-19 related symptoms. She had a headache, fever and had difficulty in breathing
Members of the business community and travellers are finding difficulty in wearing face masks or installing water strands at shops, markets and supermarkets across the districts of Mbarara, Ntungamo, Bushenyi and Rwampara. vehicles are also carrying more than the acceptable number of passengers, in disregard of both load and curfew guidelines.
Findings from the study shows that many of the ambulances used in the country do not have emergency equipment or medicine such as pain medication, vital signs monitors, an electrocardiogram (ECG) machine, a defibrillator or an intubation set used to clear blocked airways, Tranexami acid that prevents excessive bleeding caused by trauma like an accident. In addition to this, things like non-breather face masks needed to assist breathing are not present
Isingiro Resident District Commissioner Herbert Muhangi says that the district gets many people from Tanzania trying to enter the country illegally to sell merchandise. At the same time, a number of Ugandans go to Tanzania to till gardens.
The six cases were part of 2,048 samples that were tested yesterday for the disease. Four of the confirmed cases were contacts from Busia, Malaba,Amuru and Kyotera district while two cases are from the Mutukula and Malaba points of entry.
The six cases that were reported were part of 3,451 samples that were tested yesterday. Four of the confirmed cases are truck drivers who entered the country through the Malaba Point of entry while two are community cases from Moyo and Tororo districts
According to the health ministry, all persons who travelled with the positive case on July 5 from India are under observation and have been tested once for the disease. The positive case was also in quarantine by the time the virus was detected.