Panic is starting build around Kampala following large numbers of COVID-19 cases and an increase in deaths related to the disease.
Results from samples tested on Wednesday 19 August 2020 indicate that 94 samples tested negative, while 3 people died of COVID-19.
The deceased are all residents of Kampala. They include two males aged 45 and 31 years while one is a female aged 57 years. They had all been admitted to private hospitals which were not named by the health ministry.
Of the 94 new cases, 53 are alerts; of these, 51 are from Kampala while the other two are from Buvuma and Wakiso. Also, 33 are contacts from previously confirmed cases; 21 from Kampala, 6 from Nakaseke, 3 from Wakiso, 2 from Adjumani and 1 from Koboko.
Meanwhile, 7 are truck drivers who arrived from various points of entry; 3 via Busia, 2 vial Lia while two arrived via Goli and Elegu.
Also, 1 returnee from Kenya tested positive.
14 foreign truck drivers who tested positive at different points of entry were turned away.
The health ministry advised members of public especially in Kampala Metropolitan area to take personal responsibility and avoid contracting COVID-19. “The earlier we change our attitude and behavior towards COVID-19, the better for our health and nation” a statement from the ministry reads.
The ministry also advised all people to especially those using public transport to wear face masks at all times and wear them properly, practice good hand hygiene and maintain a social distance whenever in public.
“COVID-19 is dangerous, spreads very fast and it kills both the young and the elderly alike, as statistics both locally and globally have shown” the ministry warns.
Currently, Uganda has 1750 confirmed cases, 1,194 recoveries and 19 deaths.