coronavirus in Uganda- COVID-19, Novel Coronavirus is a family group of viruses that cause severe health conditions which range from the common cold to the deadly disorder of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome [MERS-Cov19] and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome [SARS-Cov19].
Coronavirus is not transmitted through any animals. However, the deadly coronavirus is transmitted through human beings alone. It is spread through the negligence of human beings like not being hygiene, touching a transmitted surface which has the virus and touching their eyes, nose and mouth.
The main symptoms of Coronavirus are; cold, fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle ache and diarrhoea.
Coronavirus in Uganda:
As of Wednesday, March 25, 2020, the numbers of COVID19 confirmed cases in Uganda is 14, announced by Dr.JoyceMoriku, the minister of State for Primary Health Care.
“Dear Ugandans, this is a very critical moment for everyone as the number of positive cases keeps scaling up. Five more people have been confirmed positive, including two of the six Chinese natinals that were got in Zombo. They cannot be presented in court for fear of further spread,”
she tweeted on Wednesday afternoon.
The government has since banned all public gatherings, as well as closed schools and institutions of learning, bars, night clubs and also, travels in and out of the East African country to stem the Coronavirus spread, which would challenge the healthcare system.
Only emergency landing by plane will be allowed on Uganda now, President Museveni had announced on Saturday.
Due to the Coronavirus, the conservationist warns about the risk of
vulnerable species; Africa endangered mountain gorillas. Hence, Uganda is
barring visitors until June 1st as per the advice of scientific
experts, who said there are risk of complications arising from COVID19 for
primates including mountain gorillas. It is also said that Mountain gorillas
are prone to respiratory illness that afflicts humans.
Tourism updates in Uganda due to COVID19:
Due to outbreak of Novel coronavirus in Uganda , the management of Uganda wildlife authority has gone through the current situation and come up with certain measures that will serve to protect Uganda’s wildlife, heritage, staff and visitors.
The primate tourism and Research Centre which is the main attraction of Uganda, Filming of primates in Uganda, the wildlife protected areas in Uganda are all suspended until April 30, 2020 effective from March 25, 2020.
The primate trackers who are responsible to look around the primates
will be provided with Personal Protective equipment [PPE] to avoid any kind of
possible infection passing to primates.
Any kind of commercial vehicles and bicycles are prohibited in protected
areas as per the safety precautions.
A team of the internal COVID19 task force has been formed to work closely with the National Task Force to update and guide management on day to day development regarding the pandemic. They are also said to check coronavirus implications to wildlife conservations and tourism in a protected area.
What are the options if we have booked the tickets?
We do understand you have invested your hard-earned money for gorilla
and chimpanzee trekking. We do not want to see you disappointed. Hence, we have
relaxed the rescheduling of gorilla and chimpanzee trekking and this offer is
valid even for those who booked with 30% down payment.
By giving this offer, we are showing our gratitude towards saving
tourism and also the primates, wildlife and nature in the conservation areas. This
offer is for all the visitors. We request you to reschedule your booking rather
than cancelling the trips which you have booked.
We want to assure you that all of our staff have been directed to be vigilant, wear masks, wash their hands thoroughly, use hand sanitizers or hand creams and maintain social distancing to avoid the deadly virus.
Finally, touch by Gorilla trips:
We at gorilla trips would like to thank you in advance for rescheduling your trips and showing your gratitude towards the conservation of wildlife and nature, especially primates of Uganda.
Coronavirus in Uganda is not permanent; it will have vanished soon. If you reschedule and visit Uganda next time, you can feel the voice of primates and wildlife singing for you; “You have been our hero human, you have been our hero human”. Hope that makes you feel proud!