KAMPALA – Uganda’s COVID-19 cases have risen to 507 after 18 more people tested positive, the Health Ministry announced on Wednesday.
The new cases are all Ugandans confirmed from 1,086 samples tested on Tuesday.
Out of the new cases, 4 are truck drivers who entered the country from South Sudan via Elegu, 2 from Malaba border point, while 12 cases were picked from alerts and contacts to previously confirmed cases.
According to Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, out of the 12 community cases; 8 were picked from Amuru, 3 from Buikwe while 1 was from Kyotera district.
Additionally, the minister said said 21 foreign truck drivers that included 13 Kenyans, 4 Eritreans, 3 Tanzanians and 1 Congolese who were then handed back to their respective countries of origin.
She also revealed that out of Uganda’s 507 cumulative cases, 82 patients have since been discharged after they recovered. To-date, Uganda has not registered any COVID-19 related death.
Elsewhere, an additional 186 coronavirus cases, were recorded in South Sudan on Tuesday bringing the tally to 1,317.
Speaking on State Run TV SSBC Tuesday night in Juba, Dr. Richard Lako, the incident manager at the health ministry, said, “Yesterday (Monday), the Public Health Laboratory issued 382 results, out of these 382 results, 104 were positive and 278 turned out negative…Today (Tuesday), the laboratory released another 218 results, out of which 82 were positive, 136 tested negative.”
In a related development, four more people in South Sudan succumbed to the virus between Monday and Tuesday this week.