Kampala—22, August 2020: Kampala Metropolitan Area continues to lead in Covid-19 cases and fatalities in recent months. However, on Friday, Amuru district, specifically Amuru prisons led with a total number of infections.
A statement released by the Ministry of Health on Saturday evening, ‘shocked the country’ following the confirmation of first ever highest Covid-19 cases since March this year.
The Ministry confirmed 318 new Covid-19 cases. Of the number, 153 were Amuru prisons inmates and one prison staff.
Below is the breakdown of the confirmed cases for Friday, August 21, 2020.
According to the Ministry, 136 contacts and alerts; 65 from Kampala, 14 from Kiryandongo, 9 from Gulu, 9 from Mbarara, 8 from Kitgum, 8 from Arua and 7 from Wakiso districts were confirmed positive.
Other districts also recorded cases thus: 4 from Mbale, 4 from Buikwe, 2 from Masaka, 1 from Bugiri, 1 from Jinja, 1 from Luweero, 1 from Manafwa, 1 from Masindi and 1 from Mityana districts.
Twenty health workers also tested positive for Covid-19. 9 from Kitgum, 6 from Kampala, 2 from Arua, 1 from Adjumani, 1 from Kiryandongo and 1 from Luweero.
Truck drivers (8): Malaba 3, Busia 2, Mpondwe 1, Oraba 1, Madi Opei 1, all tested positive.
Covid-19 deaths and hotspot Kampala
Uganda also recorded one Covid-19 death, a 49-year-old male from Mbale district. The country’s deaths have reached 20.
“The cumulative number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Uganda is 2, 166,” says the Ministry.
It also says “Kampala Metropolitan Area has the highest numbers of community transmission” and a cumulative total of 540 Covid-19 cases have been reported in Kampala since the 23rd March.
“Of these, 342 cases were registered within the last one week, from 15th August to 21st August 2020 including 5 Covid-19 deaths.”
“Several institutions including; Malaysia Furnishing, Royal Pharma, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, IGG,KCCA, Toyota, NRM Secretariat, Eagle Holdings, Megha Industries, media houses (New Vision, NBS,NTV,BBS) and other private hospitals have reported clusters.”
Government says this highlights the need to ensure that workplaces strictly observe the Standard Operating Procedures and Infection, Prevention and Control measures to limit the spread of Covid-19.
After the confirmation, Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng further said: “Covid-19 is real, infectious, and it kills. The disease presents with the followings: flue, cough, and loss of smell, loss of appetite, headache and difficulty in breathing.”
The county’s scientists have asked government to redesign containment measures as virus cases surge.
The Capital Kampala and its metropolitan area have been suggested for fresh lockdown with new cases and fatalities dominating the curve.
Ugandan president, Museveni is expected to meet Covid-19 national task force on Monday, a meeting this digital publication has learnt will discuss Covid-19 surge and populations’ laxity in fighting the virus.
Later, the president is also expected to address the nation within the week on the same.