Update on Covid-19 Pandemic Situation and Vaccine Uptake in Uganda

Friday, May 7, 2021

The Ministry of Health would like to update the general public and Ugandans living in Switzerland on the COVID-19 situation in the country and response to prevent a resurgence of the pandemic.

As of 5 May 2021, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases stands at 42,102 active cases on admission are 38, recoveries (home-based care and health facility based) stand at 41,722 while 343 have succumbed to this highly infectious and deadly disease.

Between March and April 2021, the country registered an 81% increase in the number of Covid-19 cases. Additionally, we have started to experience a significant increase in cases among the 10-29 age group. We registered a 12% increase in cases amongst children aged 10-19 years and a 5% increase in those aged 20-29. This is a sign that Uganda is at the foot of the resurgence or another wave in the pandemic and also an indication that all age groups are affected.

This surge is already showing in districts that have remained on high alert and have been carrying out active surveillance like Kiryandongo, Adjumani, Soroti, Oyam, Gulu and Jinja..

It is important for us to note that for viral epidemics, the second wave is usually more aggressive than the 1st wave.