Uganda’s COVID-19 cases rise to 971 after 18 more test positive

By :
Baluku Geoffrey

KAMPALA – Uganda’s ministry of health on Tuesday said it has registered 18 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 971.

Out of the 2,414 samples from cross-border cargo truck drivers, community contacts and returnees tested over the last 24 hours, seven Ugandan truck drivers who came in via Malaba, Busia, Padea and Elegu points of entry, and ten from contacts and alerts in Tororo, Luwero and Amuru tested positive for the virus.

According to Dr. Henry Mwebesa, Director General Health Services at the ministry of health, “One Indian, a resident in Uganda who returned on 5th July 2020 from India and was under quarantine at the time of test” also tested positive to the respiratory disease.

Relatedly, 27 more foreign truck drivers (24 Kenyans, 2 Congolese and 1 Eritrean) who tested positive for COVID-19 at Uganda’s points of entry were handed back to their countries of origin.

To date, a total of 896 patients that include both Ugandans and Foreigners have since been discharged from various hospitals across the country after they recovered.

According to the health ministry, the number of active cases on admission in Uganda to date stands at 202 out of whom 173 are Ugandans, 26 foreigners and 3 refugees.

It is important to note that foreigners and refugees are admitted in our health facilities but are NOT captured in the cumulative confirmed COVID-19 cases,” added Dr Mwebesa.

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