Uganda on Friday reported 14 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 755, a ministry of health statement said.
According to the statement, out of the 3,041 samples collected from cross-border cargo truck drivers and communities on Thursday, (5) Ugandan truck drivers and nine (9) contacts and alert cases tested positive for the virus.
The alerts and contact cases were from the areas of Kampala, Kyotera and Nebbi, while the truckers entered the country from Busia, Mirama Hills, Bunagana and Lia points of entry.
“All the new community cases were already under quarantine at the time of the test,” the health ministry statement further said.
Africa Tembelea has also learnt that an additional 27 foreign truck drivers who tested positive on June 18, were sent back to their countries of origin.
To date, Uganda has registered a total of 492 recoveries, with no Covid-19 related deaths.
Elsewhere, the number of coronavirus cases in Kenya rose to 4,374 after 117 more people tested positive for Covid-19.
Speaking at Afya House, in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi on Friday, June 19, CAS Rashid Aman said that after testing 3,043 samples in the last 24 hours, 117 more people were confirmed to have contracted the virus.
“In the last 24 hours 117 people tested positive for COVID-19 from a sample size of 3,043. This now brings the national tally to 4,374,” Aman said.
He also noted that of the one hundred seventeen, 112 are Kenyans while five are foreigners.
The CAS also confirmed the discharge of 91 more patients from various health facilities bringing the number of recoveries to 1550. Unfortunately, he revealed that two more people had succumbed to the pandemic, raising the death toll to 119.
“Today we have discharged 91 patients from various hospitals, bringing the total recoveries to 1,550. We lost two patients, bringing the total fatalities to 119,” said Aman.
Covid-19 was first confirmed in Wuhan, China in December 2019 before it rapidly spread to over 200 countries and territories across the globe.
As of Friday, June 19, about 8,6 million cases of the virus had been recorded worldwide. Out of these, 4,580,270 had recovered while at least 459,290 had succumbed to the disease.