Uganda’s Covid-19 cases near 3,000 as 99 new cases, 2 deaths are confirmed



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National—24, August 2020: Uganda is now worried it has reached Covid-19 infections and deaths peak in less than a month.

This follows a surge in daily cases being registered, and an increase in Covid-19 related fatalities with Kampala Metropolitan Area.

President Museveni has recently said, while passing out army officers, said Covid-19 is about discipline, adding that the virus is few in villages but with disciplined people in Kampala.

A statement on the Covid-19 update focusing on the results of tests done on Sunday, 23 August 2020, the Ministry of Health confirmed 99 new cases.

This brings the cumulative confirmed cases of Ugandans to date to 2,362. To date, 22 people have died of Covid-19, with two new deaths announced on Monday afternoon.

As per the Ministry’s results breakdown of the ninety-nine new Covid-19 cases, 84 are contacts and alerts: 49 from Kampala, 8 from Kikuube, 5 from Gulu, 4 from Sironko, 3 from Lamwo, 2 from Lira, 2 from Luweero, 2 from Tororo, 2 from Yumbe, 1 from Mbale, 1 from Abim, 1 from Amuru, 1 from Bundibugyo, 1 from Kotido, I from Kiryandongo and 1 from Namasindwe districts.

Five health workers, 2 from Kampala, 1 from Mbale, 1 from Kikuube, 1 from Gulu tested positive for Covid-19, the Ministry adds, in its Monday statement.

Six returnees, 5 from Saudi Arabia and 1 from Kenya, also tested positive for the virus.

Four truck drivers also tested positive from different points of entry: 1 from Padea, 1 from Malaba, 1 from Busia, and 1 from Vurra.

“Uganda recorded two Covid-19 deaths; a 35-year-old female and a trader from Kikuubu, Kampala and a 36-year-old male from Kisenyi, Kampala,” says the Health Ministry.

Meanwhile, the Ministry has issued a list of Covid-19 sample collection sites within Kampala and Wakiso, among them are: Kiswa Health Centre IV, Bugolobi, Kisenyi Health Centre IV, Kibuli Hospital, Kitebi Health Centre IV, Nsambya Hospital, among others.

On Sunday, 3,457 total samples were tested, bringing the cumulative samples tested to date to 351, 845.

Since March this year, 1,248 total recoveries have been recorded.

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