Death Toll Rises to 19 as Uganda Reports 94 New Covid Cases, the Highest in a Single Day

A congested street in downtown Kampala.

The number of new Covid cases has jumped to 94, the highest number of cases Uganda has recorded in a single day since the first case in March.

According to the Ministry of Health, 94 new Covid cases were registered on Thursday, compared to 53 new cases reported the previous day.

The latest update also shows 3 new Covid deaths. A total of 3,046 samples were tested Thursday.

This brings the cumulative number of cases to 1,750. Some 336,713 samples have been tested since March.

The three people who died of the coronavirus disease include two males (45 and 31) and a 57-year-old female all of them residents of Kampala. The total deaths due to Covid are now stand at 19.

The Ministry of Health says the rate of community transmission in Kampala metropolitan area is high.

It has strongly advised the public to take personal responsibility to avoid contracting Covid-19.

Particular caution has been made to those using public transport means to wear face masks and to wear them properly.

The latest cases of Covid include alerts and contacts of previously confirmed cases and they were residents in Kampala, Nakaseke, Wakiso, Adjumani and Koboko.

The others are truck drivers who arrived through Busia, Lira, Goli and Elegu.

To date, 1,194 people have recovered from the virus. 

The Minister for Works and Transport, Gen Katumba Wamala recently said government will consider banning use of public transport means if the operators continue to flout Covid preventive guidelines.

There have been cases where passengers have been seen in taxis, buses and on boda bodas without their masks on. There are also cases where taxis are carrying passengers above the required capacity especially during evening times when traffic officers have left the roads.

Last week, the Minister for Kampala Capital City, Betty Amongi warned that government will step up its law enforcement to ensure the public complies with the Covid guidelines especially the failure to wear masks.

“The non compliance which we see daily is worrying. Even where people have masks, they are not wearing. Those in work places, they aren’t wearing them. Therefore, we will now scale up enforcement,” Amongi told reporters.

“People had made fun about enforcement in respect to LDUs and others, but we must now work with the multi-sectoral committee and Ministry of Health to ensure that we undertake serious enforcement,” she added.

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