Uganda’s COVID-19 Cases skyrocket to 40k Amist Struggle To Secure Vaccine

By Our Reporter

Ministry of Health yesterday confirmed that total COVID-19 cases have risen to 38,935 and 317 deaths after registering 129 new cases and one death from results of COVID-19 done on 21 January 2021.

The breakdown of the new cases are: 129 contacts and alerts: Kampala (87) Wakiso (11) Jinja (7) Mbale (7) Buikwe (4) Mityana (2) Nabitaluk (2) Nebbi (2) Kalungu (1) Luwero (1) Arua (1) Busia (1) Kazo (1) Tororo (1) Koboko (1).

The development comes at a time when every country is struggling to secure COVID-19 vaccine Uganda inclusive with Ireland targeting to slow the mass roll-out of COVID-19 vaccinations, including for the elderly, due to reduced supplies of the AstraZeneca vaccine to EU countries, Prime Minister Micheal Martin said on Saturday.

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The British company has told European Union officials that production problems will mean a cut in deliveries of its COVID-19 vaccine to the bloc by 60% to 31 million doses in the first quarter of the year.

Deaths in the country due to COVID-19 are currently at their highest level since the pandemic began, with 44 per day on average in the past week, a senior health official said on Thursday.

The infection rate, however, has fallen sharply from a peak registered earlier in January. As of Thursday, there were an average of 2,430 new cases over the past five days, down from a five-day average of 4,473 reported a week ago.

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