Hospitals to reserve 10 beds for Covid-19 patients, daily cases reach 120

The Ministry of Health has instructed government hospitals across the country to reserve at least ten beds for persons suffering from Covid-19.

A health personnel attends to a Covid-19-patient

This countrywide directive by the ministry comes in the wake of the country now averaging 120 cases of Covid-19 per day, sparking widespread fears that a new surge in the virus might lead to another lockdown.

Dr Ronny Bahatungire, a member of the National Covid-19 Case Management Committee, says all health workers are now going to screen everyone that arrives in a health facility with symptoms of respiratory infections.

However, he adds, this time around the symptoms of possible Covid-19 cases have witnessed few running noses, but plenty of cases of patients with dry coughs.

As a result, a decision was taken to reserve at least ten beds in government hospitals for the isolation of those persons with symptoms such as laboured breathing, convulsions and mental disorientation.

However, even with daily reported patients averaging 100 cases, Dr Bodo Bongomin, an official from the World Health Organization Uganda office, says these new cases cannot be called a surge or a fresh wave of infections.

He explains that Uganda’s positivity rate has been hovering below five per cent, a percentage indicator used to determine whether there is a Covid-19 resurgence.

The latest projections by the National Planning Authority predict a decline in cases in the new week with a report revealing 557 new cases projected for the week ending July 2, down from 590 cases projected for the week that ended yesterday.

In a sharp rise of cases, districts in the West Nile region have recorded the highest number of new cases while Mbarara, Kampala and Wakiso have been assailed with cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

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