Uganda’s COVID-19 cases rise to 81 after two more test positive

In this art piece, Health minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng is commended for her great work in the fight against COVID-19. (Dr. Enock Ssebunya/File)
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Uganda’s coronavirus cases have risen to 81 after two new cases tested positive on Wednesday, the health ministry confirmed.

The 2 new COVID-19 cases confirmed out of 2,002 samples, are of a 24-year-old Ugandan male and a 21-year-old Burundian refugee now under isolation at Rakai Hospital.

According to health minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, the two were picked from the community for quarantining having been traced, and found to have been in contact with a positive case. They were among the 299 samples from the community and quarantine centres that were tested by the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) on 29th April, 2020.

Others tested Wednesday include 1,703 truck drivers at border points of entry who all tested negative for COVID-19

Uganda has not registered any COVID-19 related deaths. Out of the 81 cumulative cases recorded in Uganda so far, 52 have since been discharged after they recovered from the virus.

In a related development, Tanzania reported 174 new cases, in mainland Tanzania and 22 from Zanzibar today- taking the country’s total to 480 and 167 recoveries.

Kenya’s infections rose to 384 after 10 more infections were registered today. Burundi stands at 11 cases and one death while Rwanda stands at 225 cases and 0 deaths.

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