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Uganda records 49 Covid-19 deaths in single day

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Uganda registers more coronavirus deaths in Kampala (PHOTO/Courtesy)

Uganda has registered 49 deaths, the highest ever recorded in a day, bringing the total number to 508.

The country also recorded 1, 110 new cases out of the 7, 238 tests conducted.

Ministry of Health data indicated that by June 14 the country had recorded a total of 65, 631 Covid-19 cases and 48,649 recoveries.

Some 950 patients are admitted in hospitals across the country. The positivity rate stands at 15.3 per cent.

The country registered 120 deaths in one week, the ministry data further shows.

Dr Charles Olaro, the director of curative services at the Ministry of Health, said residents have become reluctant in observing preventive measures.

With the pandemic in the second wave, experts say the infection rate has increased, which risks straining the healthcare system.

Dr Monica Musenero, the senior presidential adviser on epidemics, said one infected person can infect 10 to 15 people.

“The general situation is getting out of hand; there are places where the rate of infection is so high that if you picked any five people, two or more of them would be positive. Covid works by multiplying numbers,” Dr Musenero said.

“Our reproductive number (RO) is very high in that one person is generating 10 to 15 new cases instead of when one person generates only one case. That means the cases grow and we are reaching where Covid does its greatest havoc.”

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