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
The number of COVID-19 cases in the country has risen to 1,043 after three samples tested positive, according to the results released by the Ministry of health today.
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 through Malaba and Busia border points of entry, while one case was a community case from Kampala.
Yesterday's cases are the lowest that the country has reported in the last two months. While the few numbers reported could be a cause of jubilation, scientists say it should not be a sign that the country has over come the disease. They say that it is an increase in cases nevertheless.
The increase in cases comes at a time when there seems to be mixed messages from health officials and leaders on how infectious COVID-19 is.
Dr. Baterana Byarugaba, the executive director of Mulago National Referral Hospital is reported in today's Daily Monitor as having said that COVID-19 is like the everyday flu that can easily be managed at home.
Earlier in the week, politicians called for the lifting of the lockdown after pictures of the minister of health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng when she was not wearing a mask in a crowd in Lira circulated on various social media sites.
The World Health Organisation - WHO is however urging countries to avoid confusing the public with mixed message of COVID-19 as this could lead to more cases.
While addressing journalists on July 15,2020, the director general of the WHO, Dr. Ghebreyesus said the current COVID-19 pandemic would become worse if leaders do not communicate the right kind of information where COVID-19 is concerned.
As of today, the number of COVID-19 infections has surpassed the 13 million mark globally with over 500,000 deaths reported.