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Uganda's COVID-19 cases soar to 971

By Betty Amamukirori

Added 7th July 2020 05:39 PM

As of Tuesday, Uganda has 202 active cases on admission. 173 of these are Ugandans, 26 foreigners and three are refugees.

Uganda's COVID-19 cases soar to 971

As of Tuesday, Uganda has 202 active cases on admission. 173 of these are Ugandans, 26 foreigners and three are refugees.

HEALTH   VIRUS

KAMPALA - Uganda's Coronavirus cases have soared to 971, as 18 more people tested positive for the virus. The new positive cases were confirmed from 2,414 samples tested on Monday, July 6, from alerts and contacts, and at border points.

According to the Tuesday Ministry of Health press release, the 18 cases include seven truck drivers who arrived from Kenya via Malaba while four arrived via Busia, Vurra, Padea and Elegu points of entry.

Ten of the cases are contacts and alerts, including five from Tororo district, three from Luwero and two from Amuru district plus one Indian, a resident in Uganda who returned on July 5, 2020, from India

The Director-General Health Services, Dr Henry Mwebesa, said that 27 foreign truck drivers (24 Kenyans, two Congolese and one Eritrean) tested positive for the coronavirus at the border points and were denied entry into the country.

As of Tuesday, Uganda has 202 active cases on admission. 173 of these are Ugandans, 26 foreigners and three are refugees.

"It is important to note that foreigners and refugees are admitted in our health facilities but are not captured in the cumulative confirmed COVID-19 cases," Mwebesa said.

Four more people have recovered bringing the total number to 896. These include Ugandans and foreigners.  No related death has been recorded yet.

Uganda's cumulative total of samples tested is now at 212,860, making it the top country in East Africa in terms of COVID-19 tests. Kenya which has the highest COVID-19 cases in the region (8067) has only tested 196,750 samples.

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