By JERRY OMONDI

The number of COVID-19 infections in Uganda has neared the 130,000 mark as the country battles to curb further spread of the new Omicron strain.

The country’s health ministry on Sunday reported 297 new cases from a sample size of 6,680 tests, bringing the total number of infections to 129,061.

The ministry also reported one new death, bringing the country’s total number of virus-related fatalities to 3,273.

Uganda is one of more than 90 countries that have recorded cases of Omicron.

So far, a total of 25 cases of the new variant has been reported, with the health ministry noting on Saturday that the latest registered cases were detected in travelers arriving into the country from South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria.

The government through the ministry of health is in contact with South African authorities to better understand the new strain so that it can formulate optimal response and control measures.

The country is banking on vaccinations to control the pandemic. A nationwide inoculation drive was launched in March, initially targeting persons considered to be at high risk, including the elderly, persons with underlying health conditions and healthcare workers.

So far, 7,888,584 doses of vaccine have been administered across the country.

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