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Uganda Records Highest One-Day Jump in COVID-19 Positive Cases

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This brings the cumulative number of reported cases in the country to 6,017. According to results released by the health ministry today, Moroto, Kampala and Butaleja accounted for the highest number of cases with 166, 85 and 59 respectively. Two new deaths were also reported bringing the number of reported deaths to 63
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The country has reported its highest number of COVID-19 cases reported in a day after 423 cases that were tested yesterday returned positive.

This brings the cumulative number of reported cases in the country to 6,017. According to results released by the health ministry today, Moroto, Kampala and Butaleja accounted for the highest number of cases with 166, 85 and 59 respectively. Two new deaths were also reported bringing the number of reported deaths to 63.

About 100 cases are reportedly from the Moroto Prison. On Thursday 219 prisoners escaped from the same Prison with about 15 guns.

In light of the increased cases, the health ministry has re-echoed the cry for all Ugandans to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves from the disease. No one is safe from COVID-19, according to officials from the ministry of health.



Dr.  Jane Ruth Aceng,the minister of health says that no one is safe anymore with the ongoing wide community spread of the disease, everyone needs to protect themselves. She says everyone needs to on alert and prepared to keep themselves safe.



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According to Dr. Aceng, the disease is now spreading in non-traditional groups. At the onset of the disease, travelers returning were the source of infection. However this later moved to truck drivers with over 650 testing positive. Right now communities are the source of infection with Kampala having the most wide spread cases.


Since the month of August 2020, on average Uganda records 400 cases of COVID-19 every week. Due to increasing infections, the health ministry has resorted to opening auxiliary treatment centers to deal with the high numbers.


Earlier modelling carried out by scientists predicted that by October, 2020 over 350,000 would have been infected with the virus if a national lockdown was not instituted.

Speaking to one of the dailies this week, Dr. Monica Musenero, a senior presidential advisor on epidemics said that due to failure to people's failure to observe public health measures of social distancing and wearing of face masks, Uganda's cases will surge.

She was quoted saying the projections they have show that over 40,000 cases will be reported by the end of year. This figure is expected to go higher during the 2020/2021 political season.



Last week the health ministry opened the Nambole treatment center that has the capacity to hold 1,500 people. Dr. Diana Atwine, the permanent secretary at the health ministry says that they are working towards controlling the disease.



"We are working towards managing the numbers. We are planning on opening other centers to do this. This dose not mean we have lost the COVID-19 fight. We have not. We are still in control," said Atwine.


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