Uganda reports 49 new COVID-19 cases as death toll rises to 13

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Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng at the launch of a Regional Emergency Operations Center in Mbale on Friday, August 14, 2020. This Center will serve as the situation room for key stakeholders responding to disease outbreaks such as COVID-19.
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Baluku Geoffrey

Uganda on Saturday reported 49 new confirmed coronavirus cases following testing of samples carried out on Friday which pushed its nationwide cumulative total to 1,434 cases.

According to the Ministry of health, the new cases include 2 truck drivers, 6 contacts to previously confirmed cases, 37 alerts and 4 returnees.

The truck drivers arrived from Kenya via Malaba Point of Entry, while among the contacts were 5 from Kampala and 1 from Bushenyi.

The ministry also said that five among the alerts were 17 from Kampala, 2 from Wakiso, 14 from Namisindwa, 1 from Kiryandongo and 2 from Mbarara and Lamwo.

Africa Tembelea understands that of the returnees, 1 was from USA and 3 from Saudi Arabia.

Sadly, Uganda has registered another COVID-19 death, bringing the total virus related deaths to 13.

According to the Ministry of health, “the deceased is a 50-year-old Ugandan Male, resident of Kiryandongo who presented with signs and symptoms for COVID-19.”

Relatedly, 19 foreign truck drivers who tested positive for COVID-19 at the border points, were denied entry into the country.

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