Uganda’s COVID-19 cases at 870, with 808 recoveries

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KAMPALA – The Ministry of Health has on Monday, June 29 confirmed 11 new COVID-19, pushing Uganda’s total number of cases to 870.

The new cases were from a total 2,330 samples tested on Sunday, 4 of them were from 1,784 samples tested at points of entry while 7 were from 546 samples of alerts and contacts to previously confirmed cases.

Four of the confirmed cases are among truck drivers that were picked from different points of entry, while seven cases were picked from communities in Tororo and Koboko.

The Ministry of Health also said that 34 more foreign truck drivers who tested positive for COVID-19, were returned to their respective country of origin.

Africa Tembelea understands that the number of recoveries also increased to 808. However, the ministry of Health said the active cases currently stand at 190 and include non-Ugandans and refugees from Burundi, Kenya, DR Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Sudan, and Sudan.

According to Dr Henry Mwebesa, the Director General Health Services at the ministry of health, he says that there is a higher number of active cases on admission Vis-à-vis confirmed cases largely due to the fact that there are a number of non-nationals, mostly truck drivers and refugees who are receiving treatment for Covid-19.

“The foreigners were admitted into care as we prepare for their repatriation and once settled in the health facility, they chose to complete their treatment in Uganda as opposed to repatriation to their respective countries,” Dr Mwebesa said.

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