The decision was made as new cases were averaging 120 per day creating fear that the country could see a new surge in infections following a deep that started in January. Following the confirmation of 66 new cases from tests done on June 23, Uganda now has cumulative 167,367 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The Ministry of Health has
directed hospitals across the country to reserve ten beds to be able to isolate
and admit people who present with COVID-19.
The decision was made as new cases were averaging 120 per day creating fear that
the country could see a new surge in infections following a deep that
started in January. Following the confirmation of 66 new cases from tests done on June 23, Uganda now has cumulative 167,367 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Dr Ronny Bahatungire, a member of the National COVID-19 Case
Management Committee says health workers have been advised to screen everyone that comes with symptoms
of respiratory infections. However, he says that this time around they are not
seeing patients present with running noses. Instead, he says many are presenting
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He says that they have resolved to reserve a minimum of ten beds in government hospitals for the isolation of those with danger signs such as laboured breathing, convulsions and mental disorientation.
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However, even as the cases are rising with a daily average
of 100 cases, Dr Bodo Bongomin, an
official from the World Health Organization Uganda office says the current rise
has not yet qualified to be referred to as a surge or even an indicator of
going into another wave of infection.
He explains that the country’s positivity rate has been fluctuating
and is still below five per cent which is what is partly used to determine whether
there is a resurgence.
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The latest projections by the National Planning
Authority predict a decline in cases in the new week where the report shows 557
new cases projected for the week ending July 2, from 590 cases that
the same model projected for the week that ended yesterday.
While over the past month, districts in the West Nile region have
been recording the highest number of new cases detected, Mbarara, Kampala and
Wakiso are currently topping with the omicron being the dominant variant