KAMPALA – The number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in Uganda has risen to 457 after 40 more samples tested positive yesterday, the health ministry announced on Monday.
The 40 positive cases were part of 1,319 samples that were tested from different points of entry and quarantine centres.
According to health minister Ruth Aceng, the latest cases include 23 truck drivers and 17 contacts to previously confirmed cases.
20 of the confirmed truckers arrived from South Sudan via the Elegu border, while another two entered the country from Tanzania in Mutukula and another trucker entered the country from DR Congo via Padea. Among the 17 contracts to previously confirmed cases, three are from Nebbi, two are from Gulu, one from Jinja, 3 from Wakiso, 2 from Amuru, 1 from Yumbe, 3 from Amudat while 2 were from Zombo.
Currently, 303 coronavirus patients are admitted in 15 referral hospital across the country.
In a related development, Africa Tembelea has learnt that 31 foreign truckers including 19 Kenyans, 11 Tanzanians and one Eritrean who tested positive were denied entry and handed back to their countries of origin.
Elsewhere, the number of COVID-19 patients in Kenya has risen to 2,021 after 59 more people tested positive for coronavirus.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said on Monday, June 1, that the new patients were identified after tests were run on 1,518 samples over the past 24 hours.
He also revealed that the country’s death toll had increased to 69 after five more patients died in Nairobi and Mombasa based health facilities.
“We are saddened to announce the loss of five more patients who succumbed to the disease from facilities in Mombasa and Nairobi. This number elevates our case fatality rate 69. Our condolences and sympathies to the bereaved families and friends. We continue to appeal to Kenyans to keep holding each other’s hand in this fight because we must work together if victory is to be realised,” Kagwe said.
Globally, the number of COVID-19 cases as of Monday, June 1, stood at 6,312,451 million. Out of this number 2,872,256 patients had been discharged from health care facilities after recovering, while 374,861 had succumbed to the virus.