Uganda 53 Coronavirus Case
Uganda at 53: One New Coronavirus Case confirmed out of 214 samples tested yesterday. FILE PHOTO

Uganda at 53: One New Coronavirus Case confirmed out of 214 samples tested yesterday

The number of Coronavirus patients in Uganda has risen to 53 according to Wednesday’s confirmation from the Ministry of Health (MOH).

According to the health minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, a total of 214 samples were tested for COVID-19 of which one person tested positive.

The victim, a 36-year-old female, resident of Wakiso district was currently under institutional quarantine and travelled back in the country from China on 21st March.

“One case of COVID-19 confirmed out of the 214 samples tested today at the Uganda Virus Research Institute. The new confirmed case is a 36-year-old female, resident of Wakiso district who travelled from China on 21st March. She was under institutional quarantine at the time of test,” a statement from the ministry read bringing Uganda’s total cases to 53.

In East Africa, Uganda comes after Kenya with 179 cases and Rwanda with 105 cases as the country with the most COVID -19 victims. Tanzania only has 24 cases.

All over the world, there are 1,452,379 confirmed coronavirus cases with 308,757 reported to have recovered from the virus while 83,615 have succumbed to the deadly virus as of Wednesday 8th.

The virus first discovered in Wuhan continues to strike the entire world with cases hitting millions globally mostly in the US, Italy and Spain as the most affected countries.

The virus 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.

According to experts, coronavirus can cause pneumonia and 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.

Uganda 53 Coronavirus Case
Uganda at 53: One New Coronavirus Case confirmed out of 214 samples tested yesterday. FILE PHOTO

Precautionary Measures

According to the WHO, you should wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water because this can help kill viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing of at least one metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth because your hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Always practice respiratory hygiene that is, make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

This is so because droplets spread the virus and by following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

In case you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early. If possible stay home if you feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover.