KAMPALA, 14 June 2021 – Uganda has established a new record in the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths confirmed per day in the East African nation.

A total of 1,438 out of 8,478 people tested positive for the virus in tests conducted last June 8, according to data released by the country’s health ministry.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni - Photo ForeTVHub

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni – Photo ForeTVHub

Uganda - Source AFP

Uganda – Source AFP

The country’s positivity rate has now ticked up to 17 percent.

In an effort to curb infections, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni announced a partial lockdown of the entire country eight days ago.

Schools have been shut down for a period of 42 days beginning last Monday.

Public gatherings have been banned. Theaters, cinema halls, and bars must remain closed and buses stopped providing inter-district transport effective midnight last Friday.

Rwanda’s national career, RwandAir, on Thursday suspended all flights to or from Uganda.

Fears Grow that Uganda's Healthcare System Could be Overwhelmed by COVID-19 Cases - Photo GabyinUganda

Fears Grow that Uganda’s Healthcare System Could be Overwhelmed by COVID-19 Cases – Photo GabyinUganda

Schoolgirls in a Classroom in Uganda - Photo UNICEF

Schoolgirls in a Classroom in Uganda – Photo UNICEF

Earlier, Wednesday, the United Arab Emirates announced that it is denying entry to travelers coming from or transiting through Uganda, Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo).

Uganda is dealing with variants of the COVID-19 virus first detected in the United Kingdom, in India, and South Africa ars well as the first strain detected in China.

Over 750,000 people have been vaccinated in Uganda so far from a stock of 964,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca were delivered to the country last March.

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