KAMPALA – Uganda’s health ministry has registered 9 new COVID-19 cases. This brings the number of cases confirmed in Uganda to 705 as of June 14th.
The cases were confirmed from 2,677 samples that were tested on Sunday, from different testing points in the country.
Two of the cases were truckers who entered the country from South Sudan via Elegu and another two from Kenya via Malaba points of entry.
Other five cases were from alerts and contacts to previously confirmed cases. These include 2 contacts from Tororo district who were under quarantine at the time of the test and 1 contact from Amuru, 1 from Kyotera and 1 from Entebbe.
Additionally, 37 foreign truck drivers (32 Kenyans, 3 South Sudanese, 1 Tanzanian and 1 Eritrean) tested positive for COVID-19 and were handed over to their respective country of origin
In a related development, Africa Tembelea has learnt that the person who was found dead under a truck in Busia district on Saturday, June 13, 2020, was a Kenyan truck driver whose test results confirmed he was negative for COVID-19.
In a statement, Dr. Henry Mwebesa, the Director General Health Services said, “the ministry of health conducted investigations into the truck driver’s sudden death and confirmed that he entered Uganda via Malaba point of entry on 31st May 2020 with negative Covid-19 test.”
“A sample was taken off his remains by the surveillance team for a retest and found negative for COVID-19,” he added.
He also revealed that as of Monday, June 15, 2020, Uganda’s total number of recoveries now stands at 299 with no Covid-19 related deaths.