Uganda reports 53 new COVID-19 cases as death toll rises to 16

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Kampala – Uganda on Wednesday reported 53 new coronavirus cases following testing of 4,125 samples on Tuesday, August 18, which pushed its nationwide total to 1,656 cases.

According to the Ministry of health, the new cases include 35 alerts and 18 are contacts to previously confirmed cases.

Of the 35 alert cases; 28 are from Kampala, 2 from Wakiso, 2 from Amuru and three from Buikwe, Buvuma and Soroti.

The ministry also said that of the 18 contacts to previously confirmed cases; 10 are from Kikuube, 5 from Kampala, while another three were from Busia, Masindi and Wakiso.

Relatedly, eleven (11) foreign truck drivers (10 Kenyans and 1 Rwandese) tested positive for COVID-19 at the border points, and were denied entry into the country.

Uganda’s death toll also rose to sixteen (16) after one more patient succumbed to the respiratory disease.

“The deceased is a 60-year old Ugandan male from Mbale District. He presented at a private health facility in Mbale with signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and was under isolation,” the ministry said.

Africa Tembelea has learnt that the patient was later referred to Mbale Regional Hospital for further management where he passed on.

Out of Uganda’s 1,656 cumulative COVID-19 cases as of today, 1,188 have since been discharged from different hospitals across the country after they recovered.

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