Whereas this is partly attributed to complacency by young people in observing the Standard of Operating Procedures set by the Ministry to contain the spread of the virus, Health Minister, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng notes that this is a sign of the second wave of the pandemic.
There is a signification of Covid-19 cases among young
people between 10 and 29 years of age, the Ministry of Health has revealed. According
to the Ministry, there is a 12 percent increase in the number of COVID-19
infection among people between 10-19 years and 5 percent increase in the ages
between 20 and 29years.
Whereas this is partly attributed to complacency by
young people in observing the Standards of Operating Procedures set by the
Ministry to contain the spread of the virus, Health Minister, Dr. Jane Ruth
Aceng notes that this is a sign of the second wave of the pandemic.
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Earlier last week, Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) detected the Indian
COVID-19 variant in Kampala, which prompted the Ministry of Health to suspend all
flights between Uganda and India effective May 1, 2021. The variant also
referred to as -B.1.617 was detected from travellers returning from Indian.
The variant was detected when some travellers went for testing
after feeling unwell. The Ministry has
stepped prevention measures requiring all travellers including children entering
the country to test for COVID-19. The
ministry has asked private laboratories not to charge more than Shillings 231,
550 (65US $) to ensure all travellers test.
According to the
Ministry, those found positive will be evacuated to isolation centers.
Wayengera, an epidemiologist on the COVID-19 task force confirms the second
wave of the virus noting that surveys will be carried out at the district level to
determine drivers for the increased infections. Reports already indicate that the country has so far detected over 300 cases of
COVID-19 variants from other countries. According to scientists, there are six COVOD-19
strains circulating in the country at the moment.
These include variants from South Africa,
Nigeria, India and the UK. COVID-19 cases are on the rise in India with over
300,000 cases being reported daily. Authorities in India attribute the spike in
cases to the Indian variant, which they say has contributed over 50 per cent of