KAMPALA – Uganda’s COVID-19 cases have risen to 522 after 15 more people tested positive, the Health Ministry announced on Thursday.
The new cases are from Ugandans whose samples were tested on Wednesday, June 3.
Out of the new cases, 4 are truck drivers who arrived from Tanzania via Mutukula and 2 came through Busia border point, while 9 cases were picked from alerts and contacts to previously confirmed cases.
According to Dr. Joyce Moriku Kaducu, the Minister of State for Primary Health Care; 3 of the community cases were picked from Amuru district, 2 from Kyotera, 1 from Buikwe, 1 Nakaseke, 1 from Lira and 1 from Kampala.
“The confirmed case from Kampala is a nurse working with Mulago National Specialised Hospital,” she said.
This brings the total number of frontline health workers who have tested positive for COVID-19 to eight in Uganda.
Dr. Kaducu also revealed that 33 positive foreign truck drivers were handed over to their country of origin.
In a related development, Africa Tembelea understands that to-date, 82 patients have since been discharged from different hospitals across the country. Additionally, Uganda has not registered any COVID-19 related death.
Elsewhere, the number of COVID-19 cases in Kenya has risen to 2,340 after 124 more people were diagnosed with the respiratory disease.
Speaking at Afya House, Nairobi, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the new patients were identified after medics tested 2,640 samples.
Kagwe also confirmed the discharge of 39 more patients raising the number of recoveries to 592 from 553 reported on Wednesday, June 3.
He also noted that the death toll had risen to 78 after four more patients succumbed to the disease.
Globally, 6,661,105 million people had contracted COVID-19 as of Thursday, June 4. Out of this number, 3,210,098 patients had been discharged from health care facilities after recovering, while 390,840 had succumbed to the virus.