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COVID-19 pandemic in Uganda
File:Directives présidentielles en Ouganda concernant le COVID-19.jpg
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationUganda
Arrival date22 March 2020
(11 months and 1 week)
OriginWuhan, China
Confirmed cases227 (as of 16 May)[1][2]
Active cases164 (as of 16 May)
Recovered63 (as of 16 May)
Deaths
0 (as of 16 May)
Official website
www.health.go.ug

The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have reached Uganda in March 2020.[3]

Background[edit source | edit]

On 12 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that a novel coronavirus was the cause of a respiratory illness in a cluster of people in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, which was reported to the WHO on 31 December 2019.[4][5]

The case fatality ratio for COVID-19 has been much lower than SARS of 2003,[6][7] but the transmission has been significantly greater, with a significant total death toll.[8][6]

Timeline[edit source | edit]

Template:COVID-19 pandemic data/Uganda medical cases chart

March 2020[edit source | edit]

On 18 March, public gatherings including places of worship, pubs, weddings, music shows, rallies and cultural meetings were suspended for 32 days with immediate effect. Foreigners and Ugandans arriving in the country will be put under 14-day mandatory quarantine in hotels designated by the government that are in Entebbe, about an hour from Kampala, but the stay will be paid for by the citizens themselves. Since the mandatory quarantine began, about 40 travelers have been forced to pay up to US$840 to stay in the Central Inn hotel, a cost that is excessive for most Ugandans. Witnesses have said that people unable to pay the hotel fees have been forced to sleep in the lobby of the hotel, while others have been stranded at the airport. It is also not clear if the government is upholding basic health standards in the hotel quarantines. Travelers forced to stay in the hotel are reportedly forced to stay in close proximity to each other and the hotel staff, with some unable even to take a shower. One person posted on Facebook that no medical officer has visited the hotel and that staff have frequently entered and left the premises and worked without protective gear.[9]

On 22 March, the first case of COVID-19 in Uganda was confirmed.[10][11] The confirmed case is a 36-year-old male who had travelled to Dubai on 17 March 2020 for a business trip. On returning to Uganda on 21 March 2020 at around 2 am aboard Ethiopian Airlines, his temperature was said to be at 38.7 during the screening process at Entebbe Airport which prompted the health team at the airport to isolate him at the airport for further follow up. Another eight cases were confirmed by the ministry of health on 24 March and all were cases that came between 17 and 20 March aboard Ethiopian and Emirates flights some on board the same flight as the index case.[12] The same day all schools and universities were closed for 30 days.[13]

On 23 March, the Health Department reported eight new cases, bringing the total up to nine. All the cases were Ugandans who had travelled back from Dubai.

On 25 March, public transport was suspended for 14 days. Only private cars with not more than three occupants are allowed on the road.[14]

On 26 March, several reports emerged of security personnel beating Ugandans who were out on the streets. Trade Minister Amelia Kyambadde said the government was concerned about the way police and other security agencies had begun treating Ugandans following President Museveni's suspension of public transport and non-food markets in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus. “There has been a misinterpretation of directives. I have been told that restaurants, arcades, salons, shops, supermarkets are being closed. That's wrong. They should continue to operate as long as they are not in food markets. However, periodic markets that happen weekly are suspended. The exception is for those selling foodstuffs,” she said.[15]

On 26 March, police and other security personnel were heavily deployed in all city suburbs, slums and along the streets to enforce the president's directives. A few people who breached the government's restrictions were arrested, most of whom were boda boda riders who defied the ban on public transport and carried passengers.[16]

On 30 March, the President declared a nationwide curfew from 7 pm to 6:30 am, which would run for 14 days to prevent the spread of the disease.[17] On 31 March, Uganda recorded 11 new cases all having been in mandatory quarantine with limited community exposure.

April 2020[edit source | edit]

On 2 April, Uganda registered one case of corona virus while third April three other cases were recorded bringing the cumulative number to 48 cases. April 3rd and 4th, Uganda registered no new cases while on 5th, 6th and 7th there was just one case recorded. The days from 8th to the 12th, Uganda had no new confirmed cases and four patients were discharged after testing negative for the Corona virus. April 14, one case was recorded at the Eastern border of Uganda and Kenya. This was a case of a cargo transporter who had been in Kenya and brings the cumulative number of cases in Uganda as of 15th April to 55. On the 18th of April, Uganda discharged 6 patients bringing the total to recoveries to 28.[18] On the 20th of April, 10 patients from Entebbe General Hospital recovered, bringing the total of recoveries to 38.[19][20] Uganda in April 21, confirmed 1 new case of coronavirus from 651 tested samples from truck drivers at the boarder points of entry.[21] On the 26 April, Uganda registered 4 new cases of coronavirus out of the 1578 tested samples from truck drivers at the boarder points entry.[22] On the 28 April, all the 2,400 samples tested were negative.[23] On April 29, Uganda got 2 positive new cases of coronavirus from 299 samples tested within the community and confirmed cases is 81. [24]On 30 April, 2 new cases were confirmed from 1579 samples tested from the truck drivers from boarder points of entry. The 2 were both Kenyans who arrived from Busia and Malaba. Therefore, the total number of confirmed cases in Uganda increased to 83 by April 30.[25]

May 2020[edit source | edit]

On 2 May, 3 new cases were confirmed in Uganda where 2 from the 1922 samples of truck drivers were from the boarder points of entry and 1 was from the 562 samples from the community. This brought the total confirmed cases in Uganda on May 2 to 88.[26]On May 3, Uganda registered 1 new positive coronavirus case from the 2729 samples tested of the truck drivers from the boarder entry points in Uganda and this brings the total number of confirmed cases in Uganda to 89. [27] On May 4, Uganda got 8 new additional positive cases of coronavirus, 6 cases were from the 2061 samples tested from truck drivers while 2 were from a rapid assessment survey conducted within the communities.[28] On 8 May, Uganda confirmed and registered 13 new coronavirus cases from 2,421 samples of truck drivers from the boarder points of entry in Uganda.[29]On 11 May, Uganda registered one new case of coronavirus out of the 2,296 samples from truck drivers at the boarder points of entry into Uganda. The new confirmed case was a 45 years old Ugandan male truck driver who arrived in Uganda from Juba via Elegu border point of entry.[30] By 11 May, the total number of confirmed cases were 122.[31]

Prevention[edit source | edit]

As a precautionary measure, on 18 March, President Yoweri Museveni banned all incoming and outgoing travel to specified highly affected counties for a period of 32 days.[32] Schools have been closed and public gatherings banned.[33] The president extended the lock down period for another 21 days on top of the 14 days. This lock down period continued from April 15 and will run up to May 05, 2020.[34]

He made the announcement on Tuesday while addressing the nation on the status of coronavirus pandemic in Uganda.[citation needed]

Music[edit source | edit]

A number of Ugandan musicians have released songs with messages to the people about the prevention of the virus. Such musicians include and are not limited to; Bobi Wine, Ykee Benda, Joanita Kawalya, Pia Pounds.

See also[edit source | edit]

References[edit source | edit]

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  2. "Worldometer". Worldometer. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  3. African News (22 March 2020). "Uganda confirms first COVID-19 case". African News. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
  4. Elsevier. "Novel Coronavirus Information Center". Elsevier Connect. Archived from the original on 30 January 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
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  9. "Ugandans Trying to Get Home Forced to Pay for COVID-19 Quarantine". Human Rights Watch. 19 March 2020.
  10. Obulutsa, George (21 March 2020). "Angola, Eritrea, Uganda confirm first cases as coronavirus spreads in Africa". National Post. Reuters. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  11. Ministry of Health - Uganda [@MinofHealthUG] (21 March 2020). "Uganda confirms 1st case of COVID-19" (Tweet). Retrieved 22 March 2020 – via Twitter.
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  14. Esagala, Alex; Mabala, Rachel; Lubowa, Abubaker; Buule, Gabriel (26 March 2020). "Canes, tears in Kampala over coronavirus". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  15. "Stop beating Ugandans - Amelia Kyambadde tells Security personnels". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  16. "Public transport ban bites Kampala". www.newvision.co.ug. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  17. Kyeyune, Hamza. "Uganda declares curfew to curb spread of COVID-19". AA. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  18. "Uganda Discharges 6 More Covid-19 Patients, Recoveries Rise to 28". Online news from Uganda and the East African region - SoftPower News. 19 April 2020. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  19. Television, N. B. S. (20 April 2020). "OPINION POLL: Uganda has registered a 70% recovery rate from #COVID19 with 38 of the 55 patients cured. What should be done to sustain and consolidate this initial success against the Coronavirus? #NBSLiveAt9 #NBSUpdates #StaySafeUgpic.twitter.com/Is0KiQPIqy". @nbstv. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
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  32. "Uganda bans travellers from COVID-19 hit countries". PML. 18 March 2020. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
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