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Museveni Impressed By Reduction in New COVID-19 Infections

In his address on Thursday night, Museveni said that this trend is interesting and is a good sign that the country is doing well in managing the pandemic.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

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President Museveni has said that the reduction in the number of new COVID-19 infections in the country is an indicator that the pandemic is under control. 

According to data from the health ministry, in the last 16 days, the number of new cases has systematically reduced from three digits to two. Between January 20th to the 26th, the number of cases fell from 178 cases to 53 cases. The same trend was recorded in the next seven days.

The number of new cases as of February 2, 2021, was 34 compared to 110 cases reported on January 27th.  

In his address on Thursday night, Museveni said that this trend is interesting and is a good sign that the country is doing well in managing the pandemic. 

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As of February 3, 2021, a total of 39,735 cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the country. 327 of these have succumbed to the diseases while 14,310 patients have recovered from the disease. 

While President Museveni refers to the decline as interesting, scientists say that an investigation needs to be carried out to determine why the country is reporting a decline in the number of new cases reported.

Dr Monica Musenero, the senior presidential advisor on epidemics says that while they have noted a drop in the number of new cases being reported, they do not want to tag it to the country overcoming the disease.

“Yes, we have noted a decline but right now it would premature for us to interpret this as us turning a new leaf where COVID is concerned. We cannot say that these figures mean we are overcoming COVID. We have to look into these figures more to find out what they mean. The numbers might be low because few people are testing for COVID these days,” Dr Musenero said. 

Figures from the health ministry show that since January 15, an average of 1,000 tests are carried out daily, compared to the period between October to December where 2,000 tests were carries out on average, this shows a decline of 1,000 cases.

Scientists have associated the drop in tests being carried out to the end of the political season where a big number of tests were carried out by politicians.  The decrease in testing comes at a time when the ministry of health officials says that the country is currently under testing. At the moment, only 10 percent of infected persons are being traced. 

Data from the World Health Organization however indicate that globally, declines in the number of cases and deaths are being reported in some African countries and the Eastern Mediterranean region.

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