National—29, June 2020: The Ministry of Health on Monday afternoon confirmed eleven new Covid-19 cases for Sunday out of 2,330 samples tested on the same day.
Four of the new cases were among 1,784 samples tested from Points of Entry while seven were among 546 samples of alerts and contacts. All the confirmed cases are Ugandans, Dr Henry G. Mwebesa, Director General Health Services says in a press release dated 29, June 2020.
The total confirmed Covid-19 cases in Uganda is now 870, he adds.
A total of thirty-four foreign truck drivers, among them twenty-six Kenyans, five Tanzanians, one Burundian, one Eritrean and one Somali tested positive for Covid-19 in Uganda and were returned to their countries of origin.
According to Dr Mwebesa, four of the confirmed cases are truck drivers; three arrived from Kenya and via Malaba and one via Busia. One arrived from South Sudan via Elegu Point of Entry.
Seven of the confirmed cases are alerts and contacts to previously confirmed cases; six from Tororo and one from Koboko districts.
“Uganda has registered a total of 808 Covid-19 recoveries, 190 active cases on admission and to date no Covid-19 related death has been recorded,” announces Dr Mwebesa on Monday.
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He added: “Similarly, the Ministry of Health is cognizant that there are a higher number of active cases on admission vis-a-vie confirmed cases. This is largely due to the fact that there are a number of non-nationals (truck drivers and refugees) who are receiving treatment for Covid-19. The foreigners were admitted into care as we prepare for their repatriation, and once settled in the health facility, they chose to complete their treatment in Uganda as opposed to repatriation to their respective countries. Among the non-national are; Rwandans, Sudanese, South Sudanese, Congolese, Kenyans, Tanzanians and Burundian refugees.”
“The health facilities treating foreigners include; Mulago Specialised National Hospital, Arua, Lira, Gulu, Mbale, Masaka and Kabale Regional Referral Hospital,” the release continues.
Dr Mwebesa: “It is important to note that the Ministry of Health only reports Ugandan nationals who are confirmed cases. However, active cases on admission and total Covid-19 recoveries that are reported also include foreigners.”