Covid-19: Health Minister Aceng Confirms Third Wave Amidst Increased Transmission In Uganda

By Uganda Online Media

President Yoweri Museveni has appointed Maj Tom Magambo who has been in the Internal Security Organisations(ISO) as the new police Criminal Investigations Director.

“President Museveni has promoted Private Tom Magambo to the rank of Major and appointed him Director Criminal Investigations of the Uganda Police Force,” the acting UPDF spokesperson, Lt Col Ronald Kakurungu said in a statement.

Kampala: Following the recent increase in new cases in the country, Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng has confirmed that Uganda is in the third wave of the Covid19 pandemic.

According to Aceng, 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,” Aceng 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%.” she added.

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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.”

She also explained the factors that have catapulted Uganda to the third wave of the Covid19 pandemic.

“The country has moved to this new transmission wave due to factors such as limited adherence to SOPs in most of the places, crowding especially during the festive season, the misconception that once vaccinated SOPs no longer apply and abuse of the requirements to isolate when found positive,” Aceng noted.

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