Health Minister, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng confirmed yesterday at the health ministry headquarters in Kampala that covid-19 third wave is no more in Uganda
“While the country is out of the 3rd COVID-19 wave, registering a low positivity rate and no district in alert or response phase, I appeal to the population to continue following SOPs and get vaccinated! It is me and you to show responsibility for our health and safety,” Minister Aceng said.
The Omicron variant, which is over 40 times more infectious than other variants of COVID-19 drove the country into a third wave. The variant was first discovered in South Africa in November 2021.
Uganda Virus Research Institute detected the variant in Uganda in early December last year.
According to Records from the Health Ministry show that Uganda entered the third wave in December 2021 and peaked in the first week of January 2022.
Between December 2021 and January 2022, the country registered more than 32,067 COVID-19 cases and more than 246 deaths. Now with 862 cases and 37 deaths reported in February and a positivity rate of one percent, officials from the ministerial COVID-19 scientific task force, say the third wave of the virus has come to an end.
However Dr Aceng warns that this should not be a reason for people to stop observing public health measures since Scientists from the World Health Organization observed that the Omicron variant is not the last that the world has seen.