KAMPALA – Uganda’s Ministry of Health reported on Wednesday 8 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 805.
The new cases are all Ugandans who were among 2,196 samples tested on Tuesday, June 23rd.
In a post on twitter, Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said that, out of 1,521 samples tested at points of entry, six truck drivers were diagnosed with COVID-19. Among the 6 truck drivers were 3 from Mutukula, 2 from Elegu, and 1 from Malaba point of entry.
She also revealed that another 2 cases from 675 samples of alerts and contacts were from Amuru and Kyotera districts.
Africa Tembelea has learnt that, 14 more foreign truck drivers who tested positive for COVID-19, were handed back to their respective country of origin.
In a related development, Dr. Aceng said that a total of 717 patients have since been discharged from different hospitals across the country after they recovered from COVID-19. To-date Uganda has not registered any COVID-19 related death.
Elsewhere, the number of COVID-19 cases in Kenya rose to 5,206 after 245 more people were confirmed to have tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday, June 24.
According to Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Mercy Mwangangi, the new cases were identified after tests were conducted on 4,895 samples.
Ms Mwangangi also revealed that Kenya’s health ministry had discharged 41 more people raising the number of recoveries from 1,782 reported on Tuesday, June 23, to 1,823.
Globally, the World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom said on Wednesday he expected the number of novel coronavirus cases around the world, now at about 9.3 million, to reach 10 million next week.