166 Ugandans, 20 foreigners admitted over Covid-19


National—17, July 2020: On Thursday 16, July 2020, the Ministry of Health confirmed five new Covid-19 cases out of 3,696 samples tested.

Announcing the Thursday results on Friday afternoon, Dr Henry G. Mwebesa, the Director General of Health Services, among others confirmed the country’s cumulative confirmed cases are now 1,056.

Dr Mwebesa adds that out of 188 active cases on admission at different health facilities in the country, 166 are Ugandans, 20 foreigners and 2 are refugees.

Also, out of the five new cases, two were truck drivers, two were contacts and one was a returnee from India.

Twenty-four foreign truck drivers who tested positive at border points were denied entry into the country, 2,582 samples were tested from points of entry, while 1,114 were samples from contacts and alerts tested.

To-date, 238, 709 cumulative Covid-19 samples have been tested.


Of the five confirmed cases, two were truck drivers who arrived from South Sudan and DRC via Elegu and Bugagana points of entry. Two are contacts to previously confirmed cases from Amuru district.

“Regarding the returnee, one Indian, a resident of Uganda who returned from India and was under quarantine by the time of test,” he added.

Twenty-four foreign truck drivers denied entry were; Kenyans (16), Tanzanians (4); Congolese (3) and (1) Somali.

On Wednesday 15, July 2020, eight new cases were confirmed out of 2,405 total samples tested that day.

Of the new cases, two were alerts from Kampala and Kagadi districts while five were contacts; three from Amuru and two from Lamwo districts. The other case was an Indian, a resident of Uganda who had returned from India and was under quarantine by time of test.

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