Uganda’s cases of Coronavirus have jumped to 33 as of Sunday, according to the latest update by the Ministry of Health.
This follows the confirmation of 3 new cases. The Ministry says that out of 206 samples run Sunday, 203 samples tested negative for COVID-19.
Details of the 3 latest cases, including their recent movements, are yet to be provided by the Ministry of Health.
Uganda has not registered any death from COVID-19 as yet.
The 7 cases reported on Saturday were all imported, the Ministry said. The majority of the confirmed cases so far were travelers who arrived into Uganda in recent days from high risk countries especially Dubai and Europe.
Four out of the 7 cases reported Saturday were under institutional quarantine while 3 were under self isolation at the time of test. They presented with symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
They include a 30 year old Ugandan female who arrived from Dubai, a 26 year old Ugandan female who flew from UK, a 10 year old boy who also was recently in UK, and a 25 year old Ugandan female from UK.
Others are a male (59) who arrived from U.S., another male (33) who was recently in Dubai and a female (24) who arrived from UK. All the 7 cases arrived in Uganda between March 12 and March 20.
The Ministry said on Saturday that all the 30 confirmed cases were in stable condition at Mulago national specialized hospital, Entebbe, Adjumani and Hoima hospitals where they are admitted.
Ministry officials have recently said the country is making all the preparations to ensure there is enough room for COVID-19 admissions at the national referral hospital (up to 900) as well as the regional referral hospitals in the countryside.
However, essential supplies like Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the health care workers on the frontline of the fight remain in short supply.
Dr Diana Atwiine, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health says Uganda placed order for the supply of these essentials about two weeks ago but they are yet to be delivered.
Although Uganda lags in terms of ICU beds (with ventilation) especially at district level, officials say that the COVID-19 cases so far still show less need for critical life support. Of all the 33 cases, none is on ventilation.