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Uganda Covid-19: Kampala faces new lockdown after surge in community transmission

Uganda COVID-19

Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng

Uganda has registered 66 new cases of COVID-19 driving the total number of people to test positive to 1500.

This is the second-highest single-day spike since the outbreak of Coronavirus Disease in Uganda. Uganda highest COVID-19 figure was recorded in May when up to 84 people tested positive in one day.

The Ministry of Health said in a Sunday evening statement that 30 of the positive were recorded from Kampala, seven from Wakiso and six from Namisindwa district, where Uganda’s first person to succumb to the viral respiratory disease lived.

Another 11 of the cases were contacts of previously confirmed cases in Kampala, Namisindwa and Nakaseke districts.

Kampala is among the three top districts that account for the biggest percentage of all confirmed cases in Uganda as the health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng confirmed on Thursday August 13.

Kampala this week saw a major surge in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases, making it the new virus hotspot.

“Kampala has joined the hotspot districts and I want to encourage Ugandans that the direction in which this pandemic will go in this country will be determined by the population, Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said in televised address to the country.

“If we’re responsible, people we’ll keep it under control but if we’re careless then it may blow out of proportion and cause us to loose some good number of lives,” she added.

The Ministry of Health warned that there are a lot of yet to be detected cases as already positive people have been got from the highly populated downtown arcades of Namaganda and Garilaya Plaza.

Nine of the contacts today were also from Kampala.

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