The American Embassy in Uganda has cautioned American citizens in the country to observe COVID-19 preventive measures so as to keep safe from the virus.
According to a statement issued by the US Mission Uganda charge d’Affaires Christopher Krafft on Friday, there are many asymptomatic COVID-19 cases which could increase transmission of the disease.
“Since June, the Government of Uganda has started to ease lockdown measures. We know that there are many asymptomatic cases for each person who dies with the COVID-19 disease. We have seen a handful of deaths in a short time without seeing the increase in diagnosis of asymptomatic and symptomatic cases at the same time,” said Krafft.
“What this means is that each death you see on the news, there may be hundreds of infected of persons linked to them who were never detected,” he added.
If those people are not observing COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), he said, they may be in public infecting others.
“Please, let me repeat, Kampala has a lot more cases of COVID-19 than are currently known. If you were not paying attention before because it seemed there was no COVID-19 in your area, pay attention now,” Krafft told American citizens in Uganda.
He added, “people who are infected may show no symptoms meaning that you could be a carrier and you wouldn’t even know it and still transmit the virus to other people. In this phase of increasing community transmission, it is up to each of us to protect ourselves, follow the guidelines and do our part.”
Meanwhile, Uganda has on Saturday confirmed 13 new COVID-19 cases bringing the cumulative total number of infections in the country to 1,267.
The new cases were confirmed from 2,696 samples tested for COVID-19 on Friday.
“Results from COVID-19 tests done on August 7, 2020; 13 new COVID-19 cases confirmed. The cumulative total confirmed cases of Ugandans are now 1,267,” the Ministry of Health announced.
The new cases include; 1 truck driver who arrived into the country via Ngomoromo point of entry, 3 contacts to previously confirmed cases including 1 from Kampala, 1 from Nakaseke and 1 from Ngora districts.
Others include 6 alerts, 2 of whom are from Kampala, 1 from Kisoro, 1 from Sheema, 2 from Wakiso and 3 returnees including 2 from South Sudan and 1 from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
A total of 19 foreign truck drivers tested positive for COVID-19 and were denied entry into Uganda as per the presidential directive that only COVID-19 negative foreign truck drivers be allowed entry into the country.
Out of 2,696 samples tested for COVID-19 on Friday, 1,398 were from points of entry while 1,298 were samples of contacts and alerts.
Currently, Uganda has a total of 1,267 COVID-19 confirmed cases, 1,115 recoveries and 6 fatalities.