Kampala – Uganda on Thursday reported 94 new coronavirus cases following testing of 3,046 samples on Wednesday, August 19, which pushed its nationwide total to 1,750 cases.
According to the Ministry of health, the new cases include 53 alerts, 33 contacts to previously confirmed cases, 7 truck drivers and 1 returnee.
Of the 53 alert cases; 51 are from Kampala and 2 from Buvuma and Wakiso.
The ministry also said that of the 33 contacts to previously confirmed cases; 21 are from Kampala, 6 from Nakaseke, 3 from Wakiso, 2 from Adjumani and 1 from Koboko.
Of the seven truck drivers; 3 came in via Busia, 2 via Lia and 2 via Goli and Elegu points of entry, while one other case was a returnee from Kenya.
Relatedly, fourteen (14) foreign truck drivers (9 Kenyans, 3 Congolese and 2 Rwandese) tested positive for COVID-19 at the border points, and were denied entry into the country.
Uganda’s death toll also rose to nineteen (19) after three more patients succumbed to the respiratory disease.
“The fatalities are residents of kampala: two males aged 45 and 31 years old and a 57 year old female who passed on while in admission at different private hospitals in Kampala. They presented signs and symptoms of COVID-19,” the ministry said.
Out of Uganda’s 1,750 cumulative COVID-19 cases as of today, 1,194 have since been discharged from different hospitals across the country after they recovered.