Posted: 6th July 2020

COVID-19 in the countries we work in overseas – update 17

The Coronavirus situation is at a different stage in every country throughout the world and 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 (3pm on Monday 6th July 2020) this is the current situation in the countries we work in.

Uganda

There are now 953 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Uganda and no confirmed cases in the communities we work in. On Friday 3rd July the government suspended the return of Ugandans who are stranded abroad. The government still haven’t released any dates relating to schools reopening but the state minister for higher education confirmed, “plans to reopen are underway.” However he confirmed some parents were urging the government not to reopen schools and learning institutions until a vaccine or cure is discovered.

Tanzania

Still no new Coronavirus data released by the government. On Friday Tanzania’s health minister announced the government was shutting down 74 out of 85 designated COVID-19 facilities across the country due to a lack of patients. Ummy Mwalimu, the health minister, said, “We remain with eleven designated COVID-19 facilities around the country which are in the process of being closed down, as cases of the viral disease continue to decline sharply.” The minister however warned Tanzanians against laxity in the fight against the disease in a bid to avoid any new waves of infections.

The Philippines

There are now 46,333 confirmed cases of the virus with a death toll of 1,303 in the Philippines, with no confirmed cases in the community we work in. Today saw the second straight day that the daily tally of infections has reached more than 2,000 cases. As well as this 11 hospitals in Metro Manila have reported a 100% utilization rate of their intensive care unit beds for COVID-19 patients. Health officials are attributing the rising number of cases to the easing of curbs that have allowed for greater contact among the population to help reduce the pandemic’s damage to the country’s economy. On Saturday the mayor of Iloilo city, Geronimo Treñas said his city has to go on with reviving its economy despite the increase of COVID-19 cases. “I believe the virus will stay with us for some time, there will always be times when people will be positive. We only live with it, perhaps with certain protocols. Otherwise, if we cannot proceed to start to revive our economy the effects will be disastrous,”

Please do be praying for all these countries and communities who are all dealing with different issues caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.