Uganda is likely to impose another lockdown as the number of cases increased in the country, a Health Ministry official said on Thursday.
“We are experiencing a new wave of COVID-19. We are seeing more young people getting infected. It is no longer a disease of the old people,” Dr. Diana Atwine, permanent secretary at the Health Ministry, told media.
Atwine said that the number of infections increased by 80% between March and April, adding that the second wave of COVID 19 is “severe.”
“People need to change their lifestyle. We are amidst a pandemic … We need to lockdown,” she said.
Meanwhile, Dr. Henry Mwebesa, the director of health services, said a total of 803 COVID-19 cases and one death have been recorded in schools across the country in past two days.
Mwebesa said the main drivers of the spread of the virus in schools is overcrowding and non-adherence to the COVID-19 protocols.
A total of 44,594 virus cases and 361 deaths have been recorded in the country since the beginning of the pandemic.