Uganda Confirms 84 New COVID-19 Cases To Push Total To 413 Cases

The health ministry said samples from Points of Entry tested today were 1,477 while those from community contacts were 358 The health ministry said samples from Points of Entry tested today were 1,477 while those from community contacts were 358 INTERNET PHOTO

The COVID-19 story in Uganda is getting uglier at a time when Ugandans were hoping for the best following President Yoweri Museveni partial lifting of the lockdown.

The ministry of health has Saturday night confirmed that they had registered 84 new COVID-19 cases. 51 positive foreign truck drivers were handed over to their country of origin. The total confirmed cases are now 413.

Of the 84 recorded positive cases, 52 cases are truck drivers: 50 arrived from South Sudan via Elegu, while 2 arrived from Kenya via Busia. The other 32 cases are contacts to previously confirmed cases. All were under quarantine, the ministry said.

Meanwhile, Uganda also registered 71 recoveries on Saturday. Uganda remains lucky having registered no single death as a result of the coronavirus which has claimed the lives of more than 370, 000 people across the world.

Following a two months lockdown, President Museveni eased the lockdown when he let nonfood shops to reopen and private transport to operate upon observing of the laid-out guidelines and SOPs. It was expected that he would free public transport next week.

Ever since Uganda closed its lone international airport and all border entry points, the main source of COVID19 cases has been from international trade truck drivers who carry essential tradeable goods from within the East African bloc.

Last modified onSunday, 14 June 2020 14:42

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