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2 die from Covid as Amuru, Gulu, Mbale record high cases 

Covid-19 has infected more than 283m people and killed over 5.4m globally.


Gulu – December 29, 2021: Uganda has recorded 1,272 new cases of Covid-19 from 6,943 samples tested on December 27. The country’s cumulative cases have surged to 137,270, data from the Ministry of Health shows.

According to the same Ministry, of the new cases, 1,252 are alerts and contacts: Kampala 741, Wakiso 226, Mbale 40, Jinja 30, Gulu 37, Mbarara 31, Rakai 15, Soroti, 13, Kabale 9, Adjumani 9, Busia 22, Iganga 7.

Other towns and cities are Masindi 7, Bududa 6, Tororo 10, Kalungu 5, Luweero 5; Hoima 3, Ibanda 3, Namasindwe 3, Mukono 3, Ntungamo, 2, Budaka 2, Kyotera 10, Amuru 8, Kabarole 3 and Jinja 2.

Twenty (20) truckers from Kyotera 14, Kampala 3, Tororo 2 and Ntungamo 1, all tested positive for Covid-19.

The Ministry’s latest figures released on December 29 show that 2,127,766 tests have been conducted since 2019. 98,357 have recovered and 3,287 deaths. Two new deaths have been recorded.

The country has given jabs to 11,377,067 people. Millions of vaccine doses remain available for the population.

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“With collaboration with the Local Governments and other partners, we hope to utilize al the vaccines that we have in stock when they are still potent. We encourage the general public to take your jab to protect yourself and your people,” the ministry said, Tuesday. 

Omicron variant

As of December 22, the World Health Organization (WHO) said the Omicron variant had been identified in 110 countries across the six WHO regions. “Current understanding of the Omicron variant continues to evolve as more data become available.”

WHO, a few days ago, said the overall threat posed by Omicron largely depends on four key questions: how transmissible the variant is, how well vaccines and prior infection protect against infection, transmission, clinical disease and death; how virulent the variant is compared to other variants and how populations understand these dynamics, perceive risk and follow control measures, including public health and social measures.

Covid-19 has infected more than 283m people and killed over 5.4m globally.

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