Uganda’s COVID-19 death toll surpasses 2,000

Health workers wearing protective suits as a precaution lower the body of a covid-19 victim for burial at a graveyard in Gulu, northern Uganda. The East African country now has more than 6,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 60 deaths. /Sally Hayden/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images

Uganda’s Ministry of Health has reported that the death toll from COVID-19 is now more than 2,000.

As of July 5, the ministry stated that a total of 2,012 people had succumbed to the disease.

Uganda’s National Planning Authority Executive Director Dr. Joseph Muvawala says despite current lockdown measures, new model projections in the country indicate a continuing rise in new cases but slightly lower than the previous week averaging 1,037 new cases per day.

“The model is projecting a total of 7,214 new COVID-19 cases for the week of July 4 to July 10.” The Executive Director said in a statement.

The planning authority warns Ugandans against complacency in established public health prevention procedures against COVID-19.

“The public is advised to strictly adhere to the measures to slow the rising cases and the consequences on the health sector. There is also need for increased testing, more enforcement of the lockdown measures to curb community transmissions and increased public awareness aimed at behavioral change in the local population.”

Uganda so far recorded 84,979 positive coronavirus cases and 57,964 recoveries.

A total of 1,027,036 persons have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in the country.