- December 24, 2021
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Ministry of health identifies new Covid-19 hotspots as Uganda’s cases escalate
Following the recent increase in Covid-19 cases in Uganda, the Ministry of Health has identified new Covid hotspots where infections continue to spread like wildfire.
The Minister for Health, Dr.Jane Ruth Aceng revealed that whereas the country’s positivity rate consistently remained below 5% which is the desirable rate, in the last two weeks have seen a sharp rise in positive cases around the country mainly in Wakiso and Kampala.
“In the last 14 days of December, we have registered 2423 confirmed cases giving an average of 173 cases per day. We have registered a 100% increase in cases and positivity in the last seven days compared to the previous week,” Aceng said.
Dr. Aceng confirmed that out of the 2423 new Coronavirus cases registered in the last two weeks, 1107 translating into 46% have been registered in Wakiso, 926(38%) in Kampala, Kyotera(144 cases), Tororo and Amuru among other districts.
“We have observed that 70%(775) of the cases registered in Wakiso are mostly incoming travellers through Entebbe International Airport. These are coming from Kenya, UAE, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, DRC, Nigeria and UK,” Aceng said.
She noted that the confirmed cases in the other districts are also travelers and truck drivers
The Health Minister however noted that Uganda has registered only 73 cases of the deadly Omicron variant but noted the picture could be different in communities.