KAMPALA – Uganda’s confirmed coronavirus cases have risen to 317 after 36 more people tested positive.
The new cases registered from 2,230 samples tested on Thursday include 24 truck drivers and 12 contacts to previously confirmed positive truck drivers.
According to health minister Ruth Aceng, “All the 12 contacts to previously confirmed truck drivers were under quarantine at the time of testing.”
She also revealed that 26 other foreign truck drivers who tested positive were denied entry into Uganda and returned to their respective countries.
The return of drivers to their respective countries follows a directive by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni who on May 20, asked the health ministry to deduct numbers of foreign truck drivers from the total sum of Ugandan coronavirus cases.
This, decision has however, raised concerns of compliance to international protocol on records of Covid-19 cases.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has questioned the modality Uganda is using to deduct numbers of Covid-19 positive foreign cases, especially of trans-border cargo truck drivers.
Elsewhere, the number of COVID-19 cases in Kenya has shot to 1,618 after 147 more people were diagnosed with the respiratory disease.
Speaking at Tigoni Hospital in Kiambu county, Kenya’s Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the new patients were identified after medics ran tests on 2,831 samples.
Kagwe also confirmed that 13 more patients had been discharged raising the number of recoveries to 421 from 408 reported on Wednesday, May 27. The death toll also rose to 58 after three more patients succumbed to the virus.
Globally, since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in China in December 2019, the cases had soared to 5,899,613 which included 2,577,145 recoveries and 361,741 deaths.