According to statistics by the Ministry of Health, 34,321 people tested positive in June, which is 41.8 per cent of the total cases Uganda has registered since the outbreak of the pandemic in March last year.
June has so
far been the worst month for Uganda in as far as the coronavirus pandemic
concerned. It has been characterized by surging cases, a new total lockdown,
skyrocketing deaths, oxygen shortages, lack of beds for critical patients as
well as an upsurge in the cost of treating patients in private hospitals.
It’s an analysis of the data that can illustrate the extent to, which the
pandemic has ravaged Uganda. According to statistics by the Ministry of Health,
34,321 people tested positive in June, which is 41.8 percent of the total cases
Uganda has registered since the outbreak of the pandemic in March last year.
The rate of
people testing positive averaged at 15.8 percent, according to data URN has analyzed.
215,876 tests were carried out as per Ministry of Health data and 34,321 people
tested positive. The death rate was however the highest of the parameters that
URN has analyzed. Uganda registered 747 coronavirus deaths in June, which is
67% of the total deaths recorded since the start of the pandemic.
However, Minister of Health, Jane Ruth Aceng on Friday revised coronavirus
death statistics. The deaths now stand at 1,873 cases. According to Aceng, they
revised the deaths following harmonization of what were previously suspected
deaths from people who had not tested positive for coronavirus. But she did not
specify whether 746 “clinically confirmed deaths” added to the original death
figure happened in June.
Aceng said “COVID-19 deaths will be reported in real-time as PCR/AgRDT
confirmed or probable COVID-19 deaths.” Aceng
seemingly portrayed a gloomy picture for July, saying cases are expected to
peak at the end of July or early August.
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The current lockdown, which mainly targets to interrupt the spread of the pandemic,
has entered the second week. And four weeks remain. Going with Aceng’s
projection that cases are likely to peak in August, this means the lockdown
will be extended.
Aceng said the government has scaled up testing through the use of Rapid Diagnostic
Tests (RDTs). They have been distributed to the National Referral Hospital,
Regional Referral Hospitals, District hospitals and other health facilities
across the country.
testing, we have also initiated outreach testing camps using RDTs to increase
access and reduce the volume of samples referred to the central laboratories,”
she said. “In Kampala metropolitan area, 25 sites have been set up and a similar approach is encouraged in different districts.”
Positive cases have been somehow going down from an average of 1500 in the
first two weeks of June to about 1000 in the last week of July, according to the
analysis of the Ministry of Health data. Though RDTs have been introduced, Dr. Masika Wayengera, who heads the coronavirus
scientific advisory committee, says mechanism for capturing RDT data have not
yet been linked to the results data system at the Ministry of Health.
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coronavirus transmission cycle is 14 days. So Wayengera says it’s
premature to start, saying the numbers are falling or going up. A plausible
conclusion, he says can be drawn after at least two transmission cycles, which
is 28 days.
sincere, when we took these measures, we did not anticipate that this thing
would change after one cycle of two weeks,” he said. Wayengera also underscores
the fact that while the total number of cases being reported may have fallen, the
number of severely ill people has remained high. And the death rates have also
tells us is, a lot of our people are sick, they are in communities and it means
transmission is happening in communities.” Though Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono were
the epicentres of the pandemic in June, Wayengera says there are chances that
the epicentre could shift to Mbarara, Gulu, Jinja districts where cases have
been on the rise.