Covid-19: Kampala leads as 94 new cases, 3 deaths are confirmed

Kampala—20, August 2020: The Pearl of Africa’s Capital, Kampala has become a Covid-19 hotspot in recent months, recording higher cases and deaths than other parts of the country.

This has been confirmed yet again in the latest Covid-19 cases (results) for Wednesday.

“The Ministry of Health would like to inform the general public that results from Covid-19 tests carried out on 19 August 2020 confirmed 94 new Covid-19 cases. This brings the total confirmed cases of Uganda to 1, 750,” a statement from Health Ministry reads in part.

It adds: “Uganda has also recorded three (3) new Covid-19 deaths bringing the total Covid-19 deaths to 19.”

The fatalities are residents of Kampala; two males aged 45 and 31 years old and a 57-year-old female who passed on while in admission at different private hospitals in Kampala. They presented with signs and symptoms of Covid-19.

Of the 94 new cases, the Ministry broke it down as below:

Fifty-three are alerts, fifty-one from Kampala, and two from Buvuma and Wakiso districts.

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Thirty-three are contacts to previously confirmed cases; 21 from Kampala, 6 from Nakaseke, 3 from Wakiso, 2 from Adjumani and 1 from Koboko.

Seven are truck drivers who arrived via various points of entry. 3 via Busia, 2 via Lia and 2 via Goli and Elegu.

The Ministry also says one returnee from Kenya also tested positive for Covid-19. Fourteen foreign truckers tested positive for Covid-19 at different border points, and their entry into the country was prohibited.

“In light of the spike in new cases in Kampala Metropolitan Area, this is evident that the rate of community transmission is high. The public is strongly advised to take personal responsibility to avoid contracting Covid-19. The earlier we change our behaviour towards Covid-19, the better for our health and nation,” Office of the Director General Health Services has advised.

The Ministry has also appealed to the population and the users of public transport to wear a face mask at all times, and wear it properly – ensure that the nose, mouth and chin are fully covered, practise good hand hygiene and maintain a social distance whenever in public.

On Wednesday, 952 total samples were tested from points of entry, 2,094 were samples from alerts and contacts.

A total of 3,046 cumulative total samples were tested on Wednesday. Since March 2020, Uganda has recorded 1,194 recoveries.

Since March 2020, 336,713 cumulative total Covid-19 samples have been tested.

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