National —17, June 2020: Novel coronavirus (Covid-19) confirmed cases for Uganda has reached 732 as of Tuesday, June 16.
Announcing the Tuesday results on Wednesday morning, the Ministry of Health confirmed eight new Covid-19 cases from 2,526 samples tested.
“Four new cases were among 1,810 samples tested from Points of Entry while other four new cases were among 677 samples of alerts and contacts. All thirty-nine samples of health workers tested negative for Covid-19. All confirmed cases are Ugandans. The total confirmed Covid-19 cases in Uganda is now 724,” Dr Henry G. Mwebesa, Director General Health Services says in a press release dated 17, June 2020.
He adds that a total of sixteen foreign truck drivers: Eleven Kenyans, three Tanzanians, one Congolese and one South Sudanese tested positive for Covid-19 and were handed over to their respective country of origin.
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According to Dr Mwebesa, two of the confirmed cases are truck drivers who arrived from Kenya via Malaba Point of Entry while two cases; a turnboy and a clearing agent are from Elegu Point of Entry.
Four of the confirmed cases are from alerts and contacts to previously confirmed cases. These include: Two from Kamapla who were under quarantine at the time of test, one from Moyo who was under quarantine at the time of test and one traveller who arrived from DRC through a porous border in Kasese district and was identified by the community who alerted health teams. He was immediately put under quarantine.
Dr Mwebesa adds that a total of 409 Covid-19 recoveries is recorded and no Covid-19 related death to date.