COVID-19 Update

Uganda could record 4,000 Covid-19 cases per day in third wave, Scientists warn

Ugandan scientists have warned that the country is set to experience a more lethal third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic if the public violates the set Standard Operating Procedures (SOPS) in the face of the limited vaccines.

While giving an update about the COVID-19 situation in Uganda on Friday last week, Uganda’s Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said the third wave will be more lethal than the previous two waves as it is likely to peak at 4000 cases per day, which is two times higher than the second wave.

Aceng said 15 percent of the patients will require admission at the health facility and about 9,331 patients may require High Dependency Unit or Intensive Care Unit admissions.

During the second wave, Uganda averaged 1000 new cases per day. The figures overwhelmed the health sector resulting in many deaths and inflation of treatment requirements among other things.

The second wave also forced the government to announce a strict lockdown that helped in curbing down the rate of transmission of the virus. The second wave is currently on a downward trajectory.

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Uganda is currently focused on procuring vaccines though the health ministry claims that it’s hard to directly get the required amount of vaccines and they are currently surviving on donations.

To date, the ministry has vaccinated 1,297,726 people with less than 350,000 completing the second dose of the jabs.

The cumulative confirmed cases are now 118,777. Recoveries stand at 95,375 while total deaths are 2,960.

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