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COVID19 CASES DROP AMIDST THREATS OF THIRD WAVE

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The reported number of Covid-19 cases in the country has dropped by 10 percent in the last seven days despite reports of the spike in infections in a few districts.

Statistics from the Ministry of Health indicate that between September 3rd and September 9th, a total of 830 cases of Covid-19 infections were reported after 24,460 samples were tested. 

This was lower than the 922 cases reported between August 27th and September 2nd when a slightly lower number of samples, 23,850, were tested. 

Similarly, the positivity rate for samples tested declined from 3.4 per cent between August 27th and September 2nd to 3.3 per cent between September 3rd and 9th.  

The notable decline in cases and positivity rate comes amid pronouncements by the Ministry of Health that some districts are experiencing a spike in infections.

The threats that the country is headed for a severe third wave have been central in delaying the reopening of schools, places of worship and other sectors. 

Dr Henry Kajumbula, the head of infection control and prevention in the scientific advisory committee on Covid-19, said although the numbers are few, the threat of a third wave is still imminent.

Dr Monica Musenero, the senior presidential adviser on epidemics, told our reporter last week that the pockets of infections are signals of the Covid-19 third wave.

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