The Ministry of Health in Uganda on Thursday announced that the deadly Indian Covid-19 variant was detected in the country.
Through a twitter post, the government revealed the shocking news to the citizens without disclosing more information on the same.
While at it, the ministry of health encouraged citizens to “Wear a mask when in public; wash hands with clean water and soap or use a hand sanitizer; practice physical distancing and get vaccinated.”
This comes in the wake of India struggling to contain the ravaging effects of the coronavirus which has caused more deaths and pain to their citizens.
India’s total COVID-19 cases passed 18 million on Thursday after another world record number of daily infections, as gravediggers worked around the clock to bury victims and hundreds more were cremated in makeshift pyres in parks and parking lots.
The second wave, which began in March, has escalated rapidly, with India recording more than a million new cases in just three days. The past two weeks, medical facilities have been running out of oxygen and ICU beds, with patients left outside hospitals waiting for care or to take care of themselves.
On Monday alone, India reported 352,991 new cases and 2,812 virus-related deaths, marking the world’s highest daily caseload for the fifth straight day.
The situation is particularly dire in the capital New Delhi, which is under lockdown until May 3. The city is facing severe oxygen shortages. Delhi does not produce its own oxygen and relies on resources supplied by the central government, according to Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
As a result, most countries around the world have taken measures to curb the deadly Indian covid-19 variant from penetrating their borders by banning air travels to and from India. Such countries which took these drastic measures include Kenya in a bid to protect its citizens.