National Planning Authority predicts increase in COVID-19 cases this week, as Uganda confirms 9 Omicron Variant cases

Posted: 2021-12-07T11:27:27Z
National Planning Authority predicts increase in COVID-19 cases this week, as Uganda confirms 9 Omicron Variant cases

The National Planning Authority (NPA) has predicted an increase in COVID-19 cases this week, with a total of 310 cases by end of the week. 


Eng. Abraham Muwanguzi who manages the Science Planning Department told journalists on Tuesday that between December 5 and 11, the country will be recording an average of 45 cases but these are projected to further increase to a weekly average of 330 cases by the 18th of December.


The projections come at the same time Uganda Virus Research Institute has confirmed cases of the recently detected Omicron COVID-19 variant in the country.


Prof Pontiano Kaleebu, the Executive Director of UVRI says the cases were detected among travelers from Nigeria and South Africa.


Muwanguzi says the increase is driven by local factors as people are ready for the Christmas and end of year festivities.


The country has had a flat curve with new COVID-19 cases continuously decreasing since October.  


The Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng called for calm and encouraged Ugandans to go for vaccination.