Tanzania Coronavirus case confirmed
Uganda remains on alert as Tanzania also reports its first case of coronavirus. FILE PHOTO

Uganda remains on alert as Tanzania also reports its first case of coronavirus 

Information coming in today indicates that Tanzania has registered its first case of coronavirus (COVID -19).

The victim, 46 is a Tanzanian national who according to the country’s health ministry travelled back into the country from Belgium and tested positive on Monday afternoon.

Tanzania now joins the list of other two East African countries including Kenya and Rwanda to register a case of the deadly coronavirus (COVID -19).

Uganda now remains on high alert as the disease spreads to almost all it’s neighbouring countries in the region.

Over the weekend, there was a suspected COvID -19 case that was rumoured in Kanungu, Western Uganda however earlier today, the ministry of health indicated that the suspects all tested negative.

At the moment, Uganda has not yet reported any coronavirus cases and the health minister, Hon Jane Aceng recently stated that they are working hand in hand to ensure the virus does not take action in the country.

Tanzania Coronavirus case confirmed
Uganda remains on alert as Tanzania also reports its first case of coronavirus. FILE PHOTO

Coronavirus update

The deadly coronavirus that was first reported in the Hubei Province, Wuhan city in China has so far spread to over 100 countries with 169,373 cases worldwide.

The novel coronavirus has killed more than 6,500 worldwide, according to an estimate from Johns Hopkins University, which is tracking cases reported by the World Health Organization and additional sources.

Italy cases spike. On Sunday alone the country announced 3,590 new cases and 368 deaths in just 24 hours amid the worst outbreak outside China.

According to an article written by the Guardian Newspaper, the virus-like other coronaviruses comes from animals. It spreads between people in a way similar to influenza, via respiratory droplets from coughing.

The time between exposure and symptom onset is typically five days but may range from two to fourteen days.

The virus can cause pneumonia. Those who have fallen ill are reported to suffer coughs, fever and breathing difficulties. In severe cases, there can be organ failure. As this is viral pneumonia, antibiotics are of no use.

The antiviral drugs we have against flu will not work. Recovery depends on the strength of the immune system. Many of those who have died were already in poor health.

The virus can be easily transmitted from one person to another like flue it is contagious, however, the only difference is that it is worse than the normal flue because it is thought to cause about 400,000 deaths each year globally. 

Besides, there is no vaccine for the new coronavirus, which means it is more difficult for vulnerable members of the population – elderly people or those with existing respiratory or immune problems – to protect themselves.

Hand-washing and avoiding other people if you feel unwell are important.

One sensible step is to get the flu vaccine, which will reduce the burden on health services if the outbreak turns into a wider epidemic.