Covid-19 infections in uganda
Uganda is now the latest country to record highest Covid-19 infections says WHO. FILE PHOTO

Uganda is now the latest country to record highest Covid-19 infections according to the World Health Organization.

As coronavirus cases continue to surge in the country, the World Health Organization (WHO) has highlighted Uganda as the latest country to record the highest number of Covid-19 infections across the African continent.

About the Health Emergency Information and Risk Assessment report from the WHO released on August 26, for the recent weeks, Uganda has yet again for the second time running in a space of only one week made it to the list of African countries with the highest percentage increase in new Covid-19 infections.

According to the report, Uganda on 184%, together with Rwanda on 137%, and Comoros on 100% have all registered 100% and above infections in recent weeks. 

Uganda now topping the chart is ahead of the likes of Rwanda and Eritrea who recorded relatively higher percentage figures as per the WHO report released on August 19.

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The report also signals that the number of COVID 19 deaths in Uganda as a country has risen tremendously as compared to the August 19 report when Uganda only had 19 deaths. 

As of today, a total of 32 victims have succumbed to the virus after the health ministry on Monday announced more two deaths.

The Ministry also confirmed an additional 44 new Covid-19 cases from tests done on 30th August 2020 pushing Uganda’s total count to 2,972 cases with those that have since recovered from the virus now slightly over 1,288 people.

Covid-19 infections in uganda
Uganda is now the latest country to record highest Covid-19 infections says WHO. FILE PHOTO

Also, the Ministry mentioned that more cases have been recorded in Kampala in the last few weeks than in any other district citing the negligence of Ugandans residing and working in the district as a great contributor.

The Uganda People’s Defense Forces last week hinted on deploying the Local Defense Units (LDUs) around the main city centre during the day and working hours to help enforce the Covid-19 health guidelines outlined by Ministry of Health and head of state.

The LDUs are normally deployed to work during the night hours starting from 9 pm to help in enforcing the curfew measures that were outlined by President Museveni earlier as part of the government eased lockdown measures.

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However, according to the Defense Ministry Spokesperson, Brig Flavia Byekwaso, evidence has shown that people in Kampala are reluctant and are minimizing the measures including wearing of masks, washing hands with soap and maintaining social distancing which has contributed to a rise in infections in the district.

“When you move into the public, you find that most cases people have forgotten the Covid-19 standard operating procedures. If it continues like this, we shall be left with no option but to bring back LDUs,” Byekwaso said last week.