Aceng: Increased Transmission Rate of Covid-19 Detected in Last 7 Days

The Ministry of Health has revealed that there has been an increased transmission rate of COVID-19 across the country in the last seven (7) days.

From December 29th to January 4th, 2022, Uganda has registered 11,222 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with an average positivity rate of 20.9%.

“This is a 37% increase in the number of cases and a 4.8% increase in the positivity rate compared to the previous week of December 22nd-28th 2021 where cases were 8,191and an average positivity at 16.1,” Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, the health minister told journalists at the Uganda Media Centre on Friday.

“Furthermore, in the last 7 days, we have observed increased transmission rates across the country. The districts with the highest attack rates of above 30 per 100,000 population include Kampala, with 340 cases, Moroto (94), Kiruhura (89), Kyotera (85), Soroti (78) Wakiso (65), Mbarara (58), Gulu 58, Luwero (50) Amuru (42), Kibuku (38). We have therefore moved from a period of sustained containment where the positivity rate was below 5%.”

The country is now in its third wave of the COVID pandemic.

The positivity rates have consistently increased since December 11th from a weekly average positivity of 0.9 to 3.9 in the second week of December to 11.4 in the 3rd week of December and to 23.3 in the last week of December to the first week of January 2022.”

Aceng highlighted the various factors for this new transmission wave including the limited adherence to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in most of the places, crowding in social places especially during the festive season, the misconception that once vaccinated, SOPS no longer apply and abuse of the requirements to isolate when found positive for covid-19.

“This recent development has taught us that the more we continue to downplay and act outside the guidelines issued by the ministry of health, the more we will continue to be inflicted by COVID-19 and suffer all the disruptions from returning to our normal lives.

Meanwhile, the minister announced that mandatory testing will continue at all border points of entry.

Covid-19 testing at the points of entry is currently being carried out by the authorized private laboratories at recommended government rates of 25 USD as government sets up systems to carry out mandatory testing.

Recently, the media reported protests and long queues of truck drivers especially at the Malaba point of entry due to the mandatory COVID-19 tests.

“After sample removal, the truck drivers and other travellers are allowed to continue with their journey. If found positive, they’re notified and linked to respective jurisdictions for follow-up or allowed to exit the country in case of truck drivers. All positive cases are sent to the national covid-19 reference laboratories for genomic sequencing.” She said.

 

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