KAMPALA – Uganda on Thursday reported 16 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 821, a ministry of health statement said.
The new cases are all Ugandans who were among 3,455 samples tested on Wednesday, June 24.
According to Dr. Henry Mwebesa, the Director General Health Services at the ministry of health, out of 1,626 samples tested at points of entry, five truck drivers were diagnosed with COVID-19. Among the 5 truck drivers four arrived from South Sudan via Elegu, while one arrived from Kenya via Busia.
He also revealed that another 11 cases were confirmed from 1829 samples of alerts and contacts to previously confirmed cases. These include four from Kyotera, four from Amuru, one from Tororo, one from Kamumiro and one from Luwero district.
In a related development, 7 more foreign truck drivers who tested positive for COVID-19 at the different points of entry, were handed back to their respective country of origin.
To date, Uganda has registered a total of 731 COVID-19 recoveries with no related death recorded.