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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.
Minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng

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The Ministry of Health is bothered by the two community COVID-19 transmissions in Kampala that have resulted in Intensive Care Unit admissions.

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.

Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng said that they have launched investigations to determine any pockets of transmission in the two suburbs. So far,75 contacts in Kisenyi have been identified by a team comprising Health ministry personnel and Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA.

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In addition to carrying out investigations, the health ministry has also asked private hospitals where the confirmed patients were to close their ICU departments. Dr Henry Kajumbura, an infection prevention and control expert says they asked the hospital to close the units to stop further spread of the disease.

"At Mengo, one patient in the ICU was exposed to the deceased. We asked them to close their ICU and isolate the patient until further notice," Dr Kajumbura said.

As of today, 54 community cases have been reported in Kampala. With such numbers, health officials are urging the public to adhere to set public health preventive measures like washing hands, wearing masks and avoiding crowds.

But Dr Misaki Wayengera, an epidemiologist and chairman of the COVID-19 Scientific Ministerial committee says that the situation in Kampala and the country has not yet reached its worst. "We have not yet reached the worst stage of this pandemic in Uganda. If the situation downtown continues, we shall get there," he said.

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