Uganda new cases of Coronavirus
Seven new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Uganda today. FILE PHOTO

7 new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) confirmed in Uganda today, Saturday 28 March 2020. This brings the total to 30

The Ministry of Health has confirmed seven new cases of the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Uganda pushing the total number of patients to 30, more than double within a space of two days.

“Seven new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Uganda today, Saturday 28 March 2020. This brings the total to 30 confirmed cases in the country. Out of 225 samples run today, 218 samples have tested negative for COVID-19,” the Health Ministry stated on Saturday, 28th.

On Friday, the ministry announced nine cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) at two-time intervals which saw confirmed Uganda cases move from 14 to 23 that day, the highest number the country has reported in a single day.

Every single day now COVID -19 cases in Uganda just keep rising and there is a confirmation to whether we have some that have healed from the deadly virus.

Up to date, the health ministry stresses that a total of 1,175 cases are still under follow up with 876 of these under institutional quarantine while 299 are under self-quarantine. 

A total of 1,596 high-risk travellers have completed their 14 days of follow-up and have been issued with certificates of completion of the mandatory quarantine according to a statement released by the ministry hours before announcing the seven victims.

The virus first discovered in Wuhan, China has now spread globally, with the United States now continuing to top the list for the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus followed by Italy with more than 94,000 cases, according to Johns Hopkins.

Italy reached another grim milestone on Saturday as the number of deaths topped 10,000, more than any other country.

According to experts, coronavirus spreads between people in a way similar to influenza, via respiratory droplets from coughing.

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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.

Several 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 new cases of Coronavirus
Seven new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Uganda today. FILE PHOTO

World Health Organisation 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.

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Maintain social distancing of at least 1 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 a 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.