Uganda’s Covid-19 cases rise to 23

Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng
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Baluku Geoffrey

Kampala – Uganda has confirmed five more cases of coronavirus, raising the national tally to 23.

Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng in a tweet on Friday night confirmed that five more people had tested positive for the virus.

“Out of 227 samples tested today (Friday March 27, 2020), 222 tested negative for COVID19 while 5 tested positive for COVID19,” said Dr Aceng.

This latest tally follows an update from the health ministry yesterday, where they announced that four other people who traveled from Dubai and have been under quarantine tested positive on Thursday. Among those tested were an eight-month-old-baby from Iganga who has also been transferred to Mulago Hospital.

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Uganda has not recorded any deaths since the first case was announced on March 21.

– What is Covid-19? –

It is caused by a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like other coronaviruses, it has transferred to humans from animals. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared it a pandemic.

– What are the symptoms this coronavirus causes? –

According to the WHO, the most common symptoms of Covid-19 are fever, a dry cough and tiredness. Some patients may also have a sore throat, nasal congestion, runny nose and aches and pains or diarrhea. Some people have also reported losing their sense of taste and/or smell. About 80% of people who get Covid-19 experience a mild case – about as serious as a regular cold – and recover without needing any special treatment.

According to WHO, about one in six people become seriously ill. The elderly and people with underlying medical problems like chronic respiratory conditions, diabetes, heart problems or high blood pressure are at a greater risk of serious illness from Covid-19.

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