KAMPALA – Uganda on Saturday, May 30 reported eighty-four new Covid-19 cases, raising the country’s tally of infections to 413.
Of the new cases tested from 1,835 samples, 52 are truck drivers while 32 cases are contacts to previously confirmed cases.
Out of the 52 truck drivers, 50 arrived from South Sudan via Elegu, while 2 arrived from Kenya via Busia.
According to Dr. Diana Atwine, the Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary, “All contact cases were under quarantine at the time of test.”
She expressed worry that the community contacts of the truck drivers might be spreading the disease because some of them are yet to be traced. It is estimated that one asymptomatic COVID-19 patient can spread the disease to as many as 80 people or even more.
In a related development, Africa Tembelea has learnt that 51 foreign truck drivers who tested positive for COVID-19 at the border points were handed over to their country of origin.
So far, 72 people who previously tested positive for the virus have recovered and been discharged from hospitals across the country.
Elsewhere, Rwanda on Saturday recorded its first coronavirus related death after a 65-year-old truck driver passed away at a specialised Covid-19 facility in Kigali.
The cargo trucker, who, according to Rwanda’s ministry of Health, was residing in an unnamed neighbouring country but opted to return to Rwanda after developing serious respiratory complications.
Rwanda’s health ministry also reported another 4 positive cases from 1,368 samples tested on Saturday – rising the national total caseload to 359; with 250 having recovered and been discharged.
In Kenya, out of 2959 samples tested on Saturday, 143 tested positive to COVID-19 rising the country’s case load to 1,888.
Kenya’s Health Cabinet Secretary Rashid Aman said the new cases included a one-month-old baby.
“We have today tested 2959 samples, out of these 143 have tested positive which brings the total case load of confirmed cases in the country to 1,888. All the 143 cases are Kenyans; 110 are male while 33 female,” Aman said.
“The situation on the ground suggests that a lot more needs to be done by each and every one of us to flatten the infection curve…there is no magic bullet to beat the virus, the solution is to contain it and starve it of what nourishes it,” he added.