Uganda reports 23 new COVID-19 cases, raising total to 616

By :
Baluku Geoffrey

KAMPALA –  Uganda’s Ministry of Health reported on Sunday 23 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 616.

Out of 2,494 samples collected,7 are truck drivers who arrived from Elegu, Mutukula and Mirama Hills Points of Entry, while 1 is security personnel from Elegu, and 1 a frontline health worker.

According to Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, 14 other cases were from contacts and alerts in the districts of Kyotera, Adjumani, Tororo and Amuru.

Dr. Aceng also revealed that 47 foreign truck drivers who tested positive for COVID-19 were handed over to their countries of origin.

To-date, 96 patients have since recovered, with no COVID-19 related death in Uganda.

Elsewhere, 167 more people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Kenya, pushing total number of confirmed cases in the country to 2,767.

Speaking during the daily update on Sunday, June 7, Health Cabinet Secretary (CS) Mutahi Kagwe said the 167 patients were identified after tests were conducted on 2,833 samples.

He revealed that 46 more patients, were discharged from health facilities while one more had succumbed to the infection raising the number of recoveries to 752 and death toll to 84.

Globally, 7,028,554 million people had contracted COVID-19 as of Sunday, June 7. Out of this number, 3,435,915 patients had been discharged from health care facilities after recovering, while 403,083 had succumbed to the virus.

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