President Yoweri Museveni has directed for a temporary task force to be created as the number of COVID19 cases skyrocket. This as the country waits for a new cabinet to be announcement following the dissolution of the previous one last week.
This task force is expected to come up with measures to safeguard the population amidst fears of a second wave of the virus ravaging the country.
In a 26th May 2021 dated letter, by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Permanent Secretaries and Under Secretaries of various ministries are tipped to make this task force.
Colleagues, I am writing to inform you that H.E the President of Uganda has directed that pending a new Cabinet, a temporary National Task Force be constituted comprising the Permanent Secretaries and Under Secretaries to handle the National Response to current resurgence of COVID-19.Dr. Diana Atwine, PS Health Ministry
The stakeholders of this task-force are expected to convene in the Office of the President Conference Hall. The occurrence of this meeting is speculating possibility of a second national lockdown to save our already frail health sector from an overload amidst fears of a second wave of COVID19.
This comes after Uganda banned flights from India following the discovery of a highly deadly variant in the Asian nation. The variant has been responsible for spiking the number of deaths in the medical hub to a scary 4000 daily.
With many Ugandans taking to social media to announce how many of their peers are having a cold or sick, the population has every right to fear for the worst.
COVID19 situation in Uganda.
By 26th May, Uganda had registered 44,281 COVID19 cases with 43,401 recovering. Unfortunately, 359 countrymen have succumbed to the deadly virus.
However, the most worrying situation is the recent spike in cases registered daily following close to five months of relatively low numbers of positive cases. An example of this is the 207 cases that were registered on 24th May with 202 being contacts and 5 alerts.
Kampala, as expected would take the lion share of the cases accounting for 139 patients as Gulu recorded 11. Wakiso and Moyo recorded 13 and 6 respectively with newly established cities of Masaka and Mbale accounting for 4 patients. Hoima, Luwero, Moroto and Arua recorded 2 with Amuru registering 4. Tororo had three patients as Kamuli, Soroti, Serere, Kalungu, Yumbe, Jinja, Mbarara, Masindi and Kyotera recorded one patient each. Whereas for the truck drivers, for tested positive at Elegu border and another at Mutukula.
In the positive news, 541,569 people have so far received the COVID19 vaccine with 4,129 of those completing their second doses.
Uganda launched the vaccination campaign in March as the health minister Dr. Jane Ruth Achieng received the first shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine.