Uganda’s Covid-19 cases now at 593 as community cases soar

By :
Baluku Geoffrey

KAMPALA –  Uganda’s COVID-19 cases have risen to 593 after 36 more people tested positive, the Health Ministry announced on Saturday.

The new cases are all Ugandans confirmed from 1,086 samples tested on Friday, June 5.

Out of the new cases, 9 are frontline health workers from Kampala, 15 contacts from Kyotera and 8 from Yumbe. Others include 2 contacts from Mayuge, 1 from Buvuma, and 1 from Pader.

“All new cases were contacts to previously confirmed cases and were under quarantine at the time of test,” health minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng said, though she was silent on whether there were any truck drivers tested.

To-date, 82 patients have since been discharged from different hospitals across the country after they recovered. Additionally, Uganda has not registered any COVID-19 related death.

Elsewhere, one hundred twenty-six (126) more people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Kenya bringing the national tally to 2,600 cases. The new infections were confirmed on Saturday, June 6 by President Uhuru Kenyatta during his 8th Presidential address on the coronavirus pandemic.

He, on a sad note revealed that four people had succumbed to the disease raising the death toll to 83.

The Kenyan president said he would convene a national and county government coordinating summit meeting on Wednesday, June 10, to review the country’s approach in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and progressive reopening of the Kenyan economy.

He also ordered the ministries of Interior and Health to constitute an inter-faith council within the next seven days to work out on modalities and protocols on reopening of churches.

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