Bloodcurdling now as 60 new Covid-19 cases, two deaths are confirmed


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

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Kampala—August 17, 2020: In just two days, Uganda has confirmed 126 new Covid-19 cases and two deaths.

The Saturday and Sunday results are now bloodcurdling Ugandans, with government again contemplating to ban public transport or impose new lockdown measures in hotspot areas.

Kampala and its metropolitan areas are among Covid-19 hotspots, with Kampala alone, registering more than eight Covid-19 deaths.

On Saturday, 16 August 2020, 14 districts shared 66 new Covid-19 cases out of 4,816 total samples tested on the same day.

In its press release issued on Monday 17, August 2020, in the afternoon, the Ministry of Health confirmed 60 new Covid-19 cases and two deaths.

The new cases are part of 4,261 total cases tested on the same day.

“The Ministry of Health would like to inform the general public that Uganda has registered two Covid-19 deaths. This brings the total Covid-19 deaths to 15,” a statement by the Office of the Director General Health Services partly reads.

According to the Ministry, the fatalities are both Ugandan males aged 63 and 33 years old. They were admitted at Rubaga Hospital with signs and symptoms consistent with Covid-19.

Of the 60 new cases, twenty-eight are alerts, fourteen are contacts to previously confirmed cases, fourteen are returnees and four are truck drivers.

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Regarding the twenty-eight alerts, fifteen are from Kampala, five from Namasindwa, two from Luweero and six from Moroto, Arua, Gulu, Pader, Katakwi and Kasese districts.

About the returnees, nine are from Saudi Arabia, two from Kenya, three from Germany, Oman and Ethiopia.

The Ministry also says 21 foreign truckers, 11 from Kenyans, 7 Congolese, 2 Eritreans, and 1 Tanzanian tested positive for Covid-19 at border points and their entry into the country was prohibited.

Uganda has recorded 1, 560 cumulative cases since March, and 1,165 recoveries.

Since March this year, 325, 637 cumulative samples have been tested.

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