Posted: 9th June 2020

COVID-19 in the countries we work in overseas – update 13

As the months roll on we are seeing that the Coronavirus situation is at a different stage in every country throughout the world. As every country is at a different stage we want to keep you up to date with the current Coronavirus situation in the countries and communities we work in.

At the time of publishing (11:30am on Tuesday 9th June 2020) this is the current situation in the countries we work in.

Uganda

There are 646 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Uganda and no confirmed cases in the communities we work in. Last Friday Uganda started mandatory COVID-19 testing for Government ministers after staffers in the Prime Ministers office tested positive for the virus. Public transport has now resumed with limited passengers and necessary health and safety measures in place.

Tanzania

At the weekend Tanzania’s president John Magufuli declared the country Coronavirus free. “The Corona disease has been eliminated thanks to God.” However, The World Health Organization  continue to express concern over the government’s strategy on Covid-19. The government has stopped publishing data on the number of coronavirus cases in the country. On 29 April, the last day official data was released, there were 509 cases, with 21 deaths in Tanzania. However, Magufuli said last week that only four patients were receiving treatment in the largest city, Dar es Salaam. Last month, Tanzania’s government dismissed a US embassy warning that hospitals in Dar es Salaam were “overwhelmed” and that the chances of contracting the virus was “extremely high”. The president has repeatedly said the health crisis has been exaggerated.

The Philippines

There are now 22,474 confirmed cases of the virus with a death toll of 1,011 in the Philippines, with no confirmed cases in the community we work in. On Monday education secretary Leonor Briones affirmed President Duterte’s previous statement regarding schools resuming. “We will comply with the Presidents directive to postpone face to face classes until a vaccine for Coronavirus is available. Classes are to resume at the end of August and teachers will use distance learning methods via the internet or TV Broadcasts where needed.” Restrictions on movement in the country remain in place, especially for children who are generally not allowed outside their homes unless they are going out to get essentials or go to work.

Please do remember these countries and communities in your prayers.