Contacts & alerts from Gulu, Amuru, Kyotera test positive as virus’ total surges to 724

Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng with other health staff recently. A WHO Africa Region/File photo.

Kampala—16, June 2020: For more than a month now in a row, Uganda has continued to confirm new coronavirus cases on a daily basis. The good news is, however, the country is registering remarkable recoveries—with zero death recorded since the first case was confirmed in March 2020.

Worth to know is that the virus (Covid-19) seems to have entered a number of upcountry districts in recent weeks, and this is worrying government and the Ministry responsible—the Ministry of Health.

Recently, Dr Jane Aceng, Health Minister said government could impose another lockdown following non-compliance by Ugandans who have refused to obey set guidelines, among them wearing a face mask while in public, social distancing, washing hands with clean water and soap, among others.

The government—through the President is yet to address the nation on this.

On Tuesday morning, the Ministry of Health confirmed nineteen new Covid-19 cases out of 2,212 samples taken on Monday, 15 June 2020.

Six of the new cases, according to Dr Henry G. Mwebesa, Director General Health Services were among 1,451 samples tested from Points of Entry while thirteen new cases were among 761 samples of alerts and contacts.

“All confirmed cases are Ugandans. The total confirmed Covid-19 cases in Uganda is now 724,” Dr Mwebesa added.

Additionally, he says twenty-five foreign truck drivers: Thirteen Kenyans, nine Tanzanians, two Burundians and one Congolese tested positive for Covid-19 and were handed over to their respective country of origin.

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Confirmed cases

  • Six of the confirmed cases are truck drivers: Four arrived from South Sudan via Elegu Point of Entry while two from Kenya via Malaba Point of Entry.
  • Thirteen of the confirmed cases are alerts and contacts to previously confirmed cases. These include: Six from Jinja, and two from Amuru, two from Kyotera, one from Tororo, one from Gulu and one from Waskiso districts.

To date, according to the official in the Health Ministry, Uganda has registered a total of 351 Covid-19 recoveries and no Covid-19 related death.

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