Uganda’s Covid-19 cases rise to 114 as thirteen more truck drivers test positive

By :
Baluku Geoffrey

KAMPALA – Uganda’s Ministry of Health announced on Saturday morning that thirteen more cross-border cargo truck drivers had tested positive for the novel coronavirus over the past 24 hours, lifting the combined tally of the confirmed cases to 114 in the East African nation.

The 13 cases were identified from 2,421 samples collected from truck drivers on Friday, May 8th, 2020.

“Out of the 13 new cases, 7 are Kenyans, 4 are Ugandans while 2 are Tanzanians,” the Ministry of health said, adding that “tracking of the drivers has commenced and the public will be informed accordingly.”

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In a post on Facebook, health minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said that all 740 community samples had tested negative for COVID-19. This number is part of a total of 3,161 samples that were tested at Uganda Virus Institute (UVRI) on Friday.

As of today, the total number of recovered cases in the country stands at 55 with no single death registered.

Elsewhere, as of May 8, 2020, Kenya had 621 confirmed cases of COVID-19, out this number 202 have been discharged after they recovered while 29 have succumbed to the virus. In Rwanda 273 cases have been recorded, out of this number 136 have since been discharged after they recovered.

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