All 82 samples tested for COVID-19 at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) in Entebbe today have all tested negative. Confirmed cases remain at 33. On Monday last week, 8 new cases were announced, 5 on Wednesday, 4 on Thursday, 5 on Friday, 7 on Saturday and 3 on Sunday.
According to a press release by the ministry of Health signed by the director-general Health Services, Dr Henry Mwebesa, the sample from an alert of a suspected case from Budaka that came through social media was withdrawn from today's samples and the results are still pending.
The statement says tomorrow March 31, all 141 individuals under self-quarantine will complete their quarantine and that 868 are still under institutional quarantine.
2,079 high risk travellers have completed their 14 days of follow up and have been issued with certificates of completion of mandatory quarantine. A further 660 contacts to the confirmed cases are under follow up.
According to Mwebesa, all the 33 confirmed cases are in stable condition at Mulago, Entebbe, Adjumani and Hoima hospitals.
Globally, there are 772,226 confirmed coronavirus cases and 37,022 deaths while 160,243 have recovered. Europe continues to register the highest daily deaths - with Italy once again posting the highest deaths of the day at 812 on Monday followed by Spain at 537. France recorded 418 deaths, UK 180 deaths, Switzerland 48, Belgium 82, Netherlands 93, Turkey 37, Portugal 21 Sweden 36, Romania 22 and Germany 19.
Outside Europe, USA recorded the day's highest deaths at 355 on Monday while Iran lost 117. In Africa, Morocco today lost 7, Algeria 4, Egypt 1, Nigeria 1, Mali 1 while also recording 7 new cases, Niger registered 2 deaths and 4 new cases, Guinea Bissau recorded 6 new cases, Tanzania 5 new cases, Guinea 6 new cases, Ethiopia 2 new cases, Togo 5 new cases, Zambia 6 new cases, Chad 2 new cases while Botswana recorded its first cases 3.