Ugandans battle third Covid-19 wave, despite death toll decreasing

Uganda hit with Covid-19 pandemic third wave notwithstanding its reduced death toll. [Image: courtesy]
KAMPALA, Uganda—The provisional counts for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) deaths are based on a current flow of mortality data in the National Vital Statistics System.

It is important to note that it can take several weeks for deaths records to be submitted to National Centre for Health Statistics (NCHS), processed, coded, and tabulated.

In Uganda, the number of Covid-19 cases has dropped by 10% in the last seven days despite reports of the spike in a few districts.

According to a survey from the country’s health ministry, it has been indicated that between September 3 and September 9, a total of 830 cases of Covid-19 infections were reported after 24,460 samples were tested.

However, this was lower than the 922 cases reported between August 27 and September 2 when a slightly lower number of samples, 23,850, were tested. Similarly, the positivity rate for samples tested declined from 3.4% between September 3-9 to 3.3% between August 27 and September 2.

The notable decline in cases and positivity rate comes amid pronouncements by the ministry of Health that some districts are experiencing a spike in infections.

“In the past three weeks, we have registered pockets of intense transmission in several hotspots. These include Teso Sub-region in districts of Katakwi, Serere, Ngora, Kumi, Kapyelebyong and Kalaki. Other hotspots are in Kigezi Sub-region in districts of Rukiga, Rubanda, and Kabale,” Mr. Emmanuel Ainebyoona, Ministry of Health spokesperson said.

The threats that Uganda is headed for a severe third wave have been central in delaying the reopening of schools, places of worship, and other sectors.

The country has endured two nationwide lockdowns and the measures have not been completely lifted.

Dr. Henry Kajumbula, the head of infection control and prevention pin the scientific advisory committee on the Covid-19, said although the numbers are few, the threat of the third wave is still imminent.