Covid-19 positivity rate spikes in Uganda

Uganda’s national referral hospital, Mulago has reported a spike in Covid-19 patients admitted at the facility.

The hospital’s deputy executive director, Dr Rosemary Byanyima, says the hospital has received 40 patients in the last 24 hours.

She says many of the patients are of severe Covid-19 cases.

Mulago Hospital has reserved 200 beds for Covid-19 patients and 190 people are currently admitted with more than three-quarters of them in the high dependency unit.

This comes as Uganda reports of increased Covid-19 cases in the month of June, with day one recording 1,000 Covid infections.

This is the highest number Uganda has recorded since the beginning of the pandemic.

Mulago hospital had reserved 200 beds for Covid-19 patients and 190 people are currently admitted with more than three-quarters of them in the high dependency unit.

Ms. Byanyima says there are plans to create more bed space by moving non-Covid patients to the old wing of the hospital.

Only a week ago, 29 schools throughout the country reported coronavirus cases putting in doubt the government’s planned reopening of lower primary classes in July.

One institution, Kyambogo University, suspended physical learning after results of six students turned out positive.

President Yoweri Museveni is expected to address the country this weekend on the government’s response to this second wave of the pandemic.

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