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Uganda's new COVID-19 cases hit record high, 84 reported

By John Tugume

Added 31st May 2020 10:59 AM

Among the new cases, 52 are truck drivers while 32 are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

Uganda's new COVID-19 cases hit record high, 84 reported

A man being screened for COVID-19 symptoms

Among the new cases, 52 are truck drivers while 32 are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

Uganda recorded the highest figure of new COVID-19 cases as 84 new patients were registered on Saturday.
 
The new cases, according to the Ministry of Health, bring the total confirmed cases to 413. 
 
Among the new cases, 52 are truck drivers while 32 are contacts of previously confirmed cases.
 
Of the truck drivers, 50 arrived from South Sudan via Elegu, while two arrived from Kenya via Busia.
 
All the cases from the community were under quarantine at the time of testing.
 
"Additionally, 51 positive foreign truck drivers were handed over to their countries of origin," the ministry said.
 
Uganda has so far registered 72 total recoveries with no single death related to the virus.
 
The ministry said on Saturday they tested 1,477 samples from points of entry while 358 were got from alerts and contacts.
 
Uganda has since started easing the COVID-19 lockdown, with shops that are not located in arcades and malls being allowed to operate.
 
Private cars - apart from those in districts at border area - have also been allowed back on the roads. The cars are, however, are allowed to carry only three passengers. 
 
The country is also set to allow public vehicles - under strict guidelines - back on roads.
 
The Government will distribute free masks to all citizens in the country. Thereafter, no one will be allowed to appear in public places without wearing a masks.

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