Uganda reports 14 new COVID-19 cases, raising total to 212

In this File Photo, Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng flags off emergency essential supplies to support the frontline health workers in the COVID-19 response at the border points of entry, May 19, 2020.
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KAMPALA – Uganda’s Ministry of Health reports 14 new cases of COVID-19 for tests on Sunday, May 24, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 212.

Out of 1,739 samples collected from cross-border drivers and the community, 14 have tested positive.

“All contacts were under quarantine at the time of test,” said health minister Ruth Aceng.

“5 positive foreign truck drivers (all Tanzanians) were handed over to their country of origin,” she added.

Uganda’s increase in cases comes at a time when the number of cases reported on the African continent is on the rise. As of yesterday, the number of confirmed cases on the continent surpassed the 100,000 mark, with over 3,500 deaths reported.

According to the latest data by the John Hopkins University and Africa Center for Disease Control on COVID-19, the breakdown remains fluid as countries confirm cases as and when.

Uganda has not recorded any death related to COVID-19. However, 68 patients have so far been discharged from different treatment centers around the country after they recovered from COVID-19.

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