Uganda reports 66 new COVID-19 cases, total rises to 1,500

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Baluku Geoffrey

Uganda on Sunday reported 66 new confirmed coronavirus cases following testing of 4,816 samples on Saturday, August 15, which pushed its nationwide total to 1,500 cases.

According to the Ministry of health, the new cases include 53 alerts, 11 contacts to previously confirmed cases and 2 returnees.

Of the 53 alert cases; 30 are from Kampala, 6 from Namisindwa, 7 from Wakiso, 10 from Tororo, Moroto, Katakwi, Buikwe, Bukwo, Bundibugyo, Mbale, Isingiro, Hoima and Buliisa.

The ministry also said that of the 11 contacts to previously confirmed cases; 9 are from Kampala, 2 from Namisindwa and Nakaseke.

Africa Tembelea understands that for the returnees, 1 is from Ethiopia and the other case came in from Oman.

Relatedly, 16 foreign truck drivers who tested positive for COVID-19 at the border points, were denied entry into the country.

To date, Uganda’s cumulative COVID-19 cases stand at 1,500. Out of this number 13 have since succumbed to the virus while 1,142 have been discharged from different hospitals across the country after they recovered.

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