KAMPALA – Uganda on Friday reported 12 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 833, a ministry of health statement said.
The new cases are all Ugandans who were among 2,113 samples tested on Thursday, June 25.
According to Dr. Henry Mwebesa, the Director General Health Services at the ministry of health, out of 1,413 samples tested at points of entry, two truck drivers were diagnosed with COVID-19. The 2 truck drivers arrived from Kenya via Malaba point of entry.
He also revealed that another 10 cases were confirmed from 700 samples of alerts and contacts to previously confirmed cases. These include 4 from Amuru, 2 from Kyotera, 2 from Luwero, 1 from Buikwe and 1 from Tororo district.
In a related development, a total of 25 more foreign truck drivers who tested positive for COVID-19 at the different points of entry, were handed back to their respective country of origin. These included 15 Kenyans, 9 Tanzanians, and 1 Congolese.
To date, Uganda has registered a total of 761 COVID-19 recoveries with no related death recorded.
Elsewhere, Kenya has recorded 149 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours bringing the nationally tally to 5,533. The new infections were announced by Health CAS Rashid Aman during the daily COVID-19 update in the afternoon of Friday, June 26.
According to CAS Aman, the results were from 3,090 tested samples out of whom were 148 confirmed cases of 148 Kenyans and one foreign national.
“In the last 24 hours, 149 people tested positive for COVID-19 bringing the tally to 5,533 cases,” said Aman.
He also revealed that five more people have succumbed to COVID-19 bringing the number of deaths to in Kenya to 137.
As of Friday, June 26, over 9.8 million people worldwide had contracted the virus which was first detected in Wuhan, China in December 2019. From the total infections, at least 5,305,906 had recovered while over 494,479 had lost their lives.