- December 9, 2021
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Omicron variant will not affect the planned full reopening of the economy- Health Minister Aceng
Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng has assured Ugandans that the New Omicron Variant that was confirmed in Uganda will not affect the full reopening of the economy come January 2022.
Aceng says seven cases of Omicron which were confirmed by her ministry on Tuesday are “asymptomatic and the patients are undergoing home base care”.
She made the remarks after commissioning Shs33.2 billion new buildings at Lira Regional Referral Hospital yesterday.
Dr Aceng also assured Ugandans that the country will not again go into any lockdown despite the presence of the Omicron Covid-19 variant.
She appealed to pe
She urged all Ugandans to get vaccinated since the evidence shows that the variant is being detected mostly among people who are not vaccinated against COVID. In addition to vaccination, scientists say people need to adhere to the standard operating procedures.
Initial data from the World Health Organisation preliminary studies showed that Omicron is three times more likely to re-infect people compared to other strains such as Beta or Delta. In South Africa, the variant has led to an increase of COVID-19 cases by 311 percent, but no deaths linked to the variant have been recorded yet globally.