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Uganda on higher alert as COVID19 cases rise to nine

A total of eight new cases were confirmed on 23rd March 2020, bringing the total COVID19 cases in Uganda to nine.

A message circulating on social media, from one of the persons at the frontline in the fight of COVID19 in Uganda, indicates that eight people tested positive as of 23rd March 2020, from 35 samples. Many of the cases originated from Dubai, which had not been identified as a high-risk country!

According to a statement released by Dr Jane Ruth Acheng, Uganda’s Minister for Health, “Eight new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Uganda bringing the total number to 9. The 8 cases are Ugandan nationals who travelled back from Dubai, UAE aboard Ethiopian airlines and Emirates flights. #STAYSAFEUG, she twitted.

In the statement by the Minister for Health (attached), Update on the COVID-19 outbreak in Uganda, the Minister said that “to date, a total of 2,661 travellers including Ugandans identified as potential risk have been either under self-quarantine or institutional quarantine. Of these, 1,356 are under follow up; 774 of these are under institutional quarantine while 582 are under self-quarantine. A total of 1,305 high-risk travellers have completed their 14 days of follow up.”

It is this revelation by the Minister for Health that is worrisome. Ugandans are known to take life lackadaisically, not following instructions and generally not paying attention to details. The “self-quarantine” may not be adhered to, thereby exposing the country to risks of the #covid19.

I appeal to all Ugandans to stay at home. To follow the guidelines by the Ministry for Health. And to stay safe.

The world is becoming small indeed. We shall overcome if we take #coronavirus seriously and fight it.

© 2020 Mustapha B. Mugisa Mr Strategy. All Rights Reserved.

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