Uganda Coronavirus Cases Hit 10,000 Mark

15 October 2020

Uganda has hit the 10,000 mark in Covid-19 cases after 124 people tested positive for the disease yesterday.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 to 10,069. At least 95 deaths and 6,531 recoveries have also been recorded.

The statistics released by Ministry of Health yesterday show that 37 of the cases came from Kampala while Luweero registered 24 cases. Kikuube had 13 cases, and 12 cases were from Rubanda.

Hoima also registered seven cases while Wakiso, Amuru, and Lira had four cases each. Omoro had three cases, Gulu and Kisoro had two cases each, seven cases were registered in Jinja, while Kwania, Masindi, and Mukono each had one case. Two cases were also registered among returnees from Jordan.

This comes at a time when the country is in stage four of the pandemic with the government issuing new guidelines.

Dr Charles Olaro, the director of curative services at the Ministry of Health, said with these cases, the focus remains mitigation where the vulnerable are shielded and the sick are taken care of.

"What about those who have more than one million case? Yes, the numbers have increased, but remember when we did our projection in April based on the worst cases scenarios, it was expected that by June we should have had 180,000 persons, so now you can look at April up to now and we are just at 10,000 cases. That means that we are below what was projected as the worst case scenario," Dr Olaro said yesterday during an interview with this newspaper.

In March, Uganda registered its first case of the coronavirus. Since then the number of coronavirus cases have shot up and a total of 513,414 tests have been conducted.

Dr Olaro said some of the favouring factors that have enabled the country during this fight are, use of regional collaborative approach to response activities, collaboration with academic institutions, among others.

Globally, more than 38 million coronavirus cases have been registered. More than one million people have died due to the pandemic and more than 28 million recoveries have been registered.

Meanwhile, the Uganda Virus Research Institute says there are plans to introduce rapid diagnostic tests for the antigen. It will be rolled out in a phased manner.

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