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The Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, has announced that with a COVID-19 positivity rate that has reached 23.3%, Uganda has already entered the third wave.
“We have moved from the period of sustained containment where the positivity rate was below 5 %. The country is now in its third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.” The Minister stated.
Aceng attributed the sharp rise in infection rates to limited adherence to SOPs in most of the places, crowding especially during the festive season, misconception that once vaccinated SOPs no longer apply and abuse of the requirements to Isolate when found positive.
Addressing the press Friday, 7th January, 2022 at the Media Center, Dr. Aceng appealed to Ugandans to be committed to adherence to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to prevent the situation from worsening.
The Minister said that so far 4006000 Ugandans have been fully vaccinated which represents 18.2% of the targeted population of 22million Ugandans who are 18 years and above.
Regarding the total number of Ugandans who have so far received one doze of vaccination, the minister said the number has reached 10.3million.
She also revealed that the African continent has seen a 22% increase in the number of deaths due to COVID-19. This is attributed to the low vaccination coverage.
Meanwhile, results of COVID-19 tests done on 3 January 2022 confirm 1,766 new cases. The cumulative cases are 146,776.
The breakdown of the new cases is as follows:
1,727 Alerts And Contacts; Kampala (698), Wakiso (413), Kiruhura (75), Mbale (65), Mbarara (50), Gulu (44), Soroti (43), Moroto (37), Jinja (30), Kabarole (27), Oyam (18), Kazo (18), Abim (18), Masindi (13), Luweero (13), Buikwe (12), Iganga (12).
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