KAMPALA – Uganda’s COVID-19 cases have risen to 489 after 32 more people tested positive, the Health Ministry announced on Tuesday.
In a statement, the ministry said the new cases were all Ugandans confirmed from 2,116 samples tested on Monday.
Out of the new cases, 19 are truck drivers who entered the country via Elegu, Malaba, Busia and Mutukula border points, while 13 cases were picked from people who are believed to have had contact with positive truck drivers.
According to Dr. Charles Olaro, the director of clinical services at the ministry of Health, the 13 were from contacts and alerts from the towns of Kyotera (7), Tororo (2), Gomba (1), Mpigi (1), Wakiso (1) and 1 from Yumbe district.
“All the contact cases were under quarantine, long before they were tested,” he said.
Additionally, Olaro said 25 foreign truck drivers that included 12 Kenyans, 9 Tanzanians, 1 Eritrean, 1 Congolese and 1 truck driver whose nationality was not captured tested positive and were handed back to their respective countries of origin.
He also revealed that out of Uganda’s 489 cumulative cases, 391 are admitted in different Referral Hospitals across the country, with no related death from the virus.
Elsewhere, Kenya has announced 72 more coronavirus cases in the country rising the country’s tally to 2,021 as of Monday, June 1.
Speaking on Tuesday, June 2, at Afya House in Nairobi, Kenya’s Health Cabinet Secretary Rashid Aman said the new cases were drawn from Nairobi (39), Busia (13), Mombasa (eight), Kajiado (four), Migori (three), Garissa (two), Kiambu (two) and Kisumu (one).
He also revealed that 17 more patients had fully recovered increasing number of recoveries to 499, while the death toll increased to 71 after two more patients succumbed to the virus.
In a related development, Tanzania’s Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu says the number of COVID-19 patients in Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam, has drastically reduced to just four cases.
She made this revelation while on tour to Tanga region with the country’s Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa.
The last time COVID-19 statistics were released, Tanzania had 509 cases both on the Mainland and on the isles.