KAMPALA— The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Uganda has risen back to 160 after 15 truck drivers tested positive with some cases coming from community samples.
The new cases are part of 2,729 samples that were tested on Thursday, May 21.
In a post on twitter, health minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, confirmed 10 new cases of truck drivers who arrived from Elegu and another 5 cases that she said were contacts to previously confirmed truck drivers. She revealed that all community cases were under quarantine at the time of test.
According to Aceng, an additional 21 positive foreign truck drivers have been handed over to their country of origin after they tested positive at the respective border points. This new approach is in line with President Yoweri Museveni’s directive of deducting all foreign truck drivers from Uganda’s case count.
Uganda revised its cases from 274 confirmed cases to 145 on Wednesday after dropping all foreign cases from its records. The World Health Organization (WHO) has since advised Uganda to inform the neighbouring countries about the revised figures.
With the new changes, the total number of foreign-national truck drivers so far handed over to their respective countries of origin has reached 145.
As of today, Uganda’s total COVID-19 recoveries stand at 66 with no related death from the virus.
Elsewhere, as of May 21, Kenya had reported 1,109 cases of COVID-19, 375 recoveries and 50 deaths while Rwanda had 320 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 217 recoveries and No deaths.
Globally, infections from the novel coronavirus passed five million on Thursday as the pandemic played out unevenly across the planet, with China eager to declare a victory, Europe tentatively emerging from its shell and deaths still rising in Latin America.
While many hard-hit European countries have significantly turned the tide on new infections and fatalities, Latin America is in the grip of an infection surge.