A team of researchers at Makerere University have warned the government that Uganda might face a wave of coronavirus pandemic if 75% of lockdown measures are lifted before October.
This was said by a team of five researchers as they were addressing the public on the current COVID-19 situation. According to them, Uganda will enjoy more benefits if the current lockdown is lifted gradually after 210 days (7 months).
This was based on their research which showed that coronavirus will remain endemic in the communities for at least 365 days (1 year).
“If you release about 75% of the population slowly, you have a chance to avert the situation. If you do it soon, you’ll have a second wave,’’ Professor Joseph Mugisha, the research team leader said.
Dr. Amos Ssembatya one of the researchers revealed that if 75% and of the population is released before October 2020, more COVID-19 cases are likely to occur within the communities. He also advised the Ministry of Health to establish COVID-19 treatment facilities at boarder points to reduce on the risk of transporting COVID-19 victims to regional hospitals which puts other individuals in danger of being infected with the virus.
As of today, Uganda counts 732 Positive COVID-19 cases with 409 recoveries and zero deaths.