President Museveni to enforce additional drastic measures as COVID-19 cases in Uganda hit 23
In a statement released following the confirmation of a total of 23 COVID-19 cases in Uganda, President Museveni has stressed that he is prepared to enforce even tighter measures as a way of mitigating the spread of the deadly virus.
Yesterday, the health ministry announced nine more cases at two different intervals. In the morning hours, four cases were reported before the ministry later announced other new five cases at night to bring the total number of COVID-19 cases so far registered in Uganda to 23.
Following the confirmation, Museveni issued a statement urging that the country will need to take additional drastic measures to help desist the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We may have to take additional drastic measures. I will keep you informed,” Museveni said before explaining that this will help to reduce the rate at which cases are increasing daily.
Museveni who was first to admit the increasing number of COVID -19 cases in the country also remained optimistic that the majority of returnees tested negative.
The health ministry on Friday 27th while announcing addition cases stated that out of the 227 samples they had tested at the Uganda Virus Research Institute, 222 samples tested negative for COVID-19 and only five tested positives.
As a result, Museveni said that this means that many people especially those who travelled back into the country are not infected with the virus.
He, however, mentioned that the country’s only worry is on the people who travelled back into the country and failed to show up to the ministry to checkup even after requesting them to.
Museveni further pinpointed that the government officials including the police are trying their best to trace the contacts of these people to ensure they are checked thoroughly.
“Although the number is growing, I am still happy to see that the majority of returnees are negative which means they don’t have the virus. However, the worry is that the positive people had circulated in the population,” Museveni explained.
“Nevertheless, the medical teams will trace all the contacts and check on them,” he added.
The virus first discovered in Wuhan, China has now spread globally, with more than 576,000 people who have so far contracted the virus and 26,000 deaths in 176 countries and regions as of March, 27th.
According to experts, coronavirus 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.
Coronavirus abbreviated as COVID -19 has no cure vaccine meaning it is more difficult for vulnerable members of the population – elderly people or those with existing respiratory or immune problems – to protect themselves.
Many measures including hand-washing with soap and avoiding crowded places and self-isolation if you feel an unusual cough have been put forth by the World Health Organization to help in the curbing on its spread.