Uganda will soon start surveillance over the new COVID-19 variant, Joyce Moriku, the Minister of State for Primary Health, said on Tuesday in a statement.
Moriku said that the ministry was closely following the global trends of SARS-CoV-2 virus, currently termed as 501.V2 Variant reported in the United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa and Nigeria.
“So far, we know that the new variant is spreading faster than what we experienced in the first wave,” said Moriku.
“It’s important to note this new variant strain has not been reported in Uganda,” she added.
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She said the ministry, in collaboration with regional partners and Africa Centre for Disease Control through Uganda Virus Research Institute, would start genome surveillance for the new variant to determine its prevalence in the country.
“We know that the transmission of the virus and control measures remain the same as the virus in the first wave, consistent use of face masks, social distancing and good hand hygiene,” said Moriku.
Several countries have banned flights from Britain and South Africa to prevent the spread of the new virus strain. (Xinhua/NAN)