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Gov’t to impose 2nd lockdown as new COVID-19 cases shoot up

Gov’t impose 2nd lockdown as new COVID-19 cases shoot up
Dr. Diana Atwine, permanent secretary at the Health Ministry

Reports from the Ministry of Health indicate that at least 200 Ugandans contract COVID-19 daily. This has seen the number of cases increase from 36 as of April 23rd to 200 on May 23rd since the second wave of the virus attacked the country.

“We are experiencing a new wave of COVID-19. We are seeing more young people getting infected. It is no longer a disease of the old people,” Dr. Diana Atwine, permanent secretary at the Health Ministry, told media.

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Speaking in an emergency meeting of the temporary COVID-19 task force, Dr. Diana Atwine said that Ugandans have relaxed on the Ministry of Health and government guidelines leading to the faster spread of the virus and more deaths registered.

Atwine said that the number of infections increased by 80{a6adf960b9dc55bb3e49ff07c82daa20469ae533cf096e1b9d27878361bb9db5} between March and April, adding that the second wave of COVID 19 is “severe.”

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“People need to change their lifestyle. We are amidst a pandemic … We need to lockdown,” she said.

Diana revealed that in the task force they are considering another lock on some busy towns as the best option. 

“Some areas must be locked down unless people get back to observing the COVID-19 SOPs. Otherwise, our systems will be overwhelmed and we shall see scenarios we have been seeing in some countries” – She added. 

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Meanwhile, Dr. Henry Mwebesa, the director of health services, said a total of 803 COVID-19 cases and one death have been recorded in schools across the country in the past two days.

Mwebesa said the main drivers of the spread of the virus in schools is overcrowding and non-adherence to the COVID-19 protocols.

A total of 44,594 virus cases and 361 deaths have been recorded in the country since the beginning of the pandemic.