The number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in Uganda has risen to 457 after a further 40 samples tested positive yesterday.
The 40 positive cases were part of 1,319 samples that were tested from different points of entry and quarantine centres. The latest cases include 23 truck drivers and 17 contacts to previously confirmed cases.
20 of the confirmed truckers arrived from South Sudan via the Elegu border, while another two entered the country from Tanzania in Mutukula and another trucker entered the country from DR Congo via Padea.
Among the 17 contracts to previously confirmed cases, two are from Gulu, one from Jinja, 3 from Amudat, 3 from Wakiso, 2 from Amuru, 1 from Yumbe, 2 from Zombo while 3 are from Nebbi.
Currently, 303 coronavirus patients are admitted in 15 referral hospital across the country. Additionally, 31 foreign truckers including 11 Tanzanians, 19 Kenyans and one Eritrean who tested positive were denied entry and handed back to their countries of origin.
The new cases come after seven health workers tested positive for the disease a few days ago. According to the ministry, all the positive health workers are receiving treatment at Entebbe referral hospital.
In the East African region, Rwanda recorded 11 more positive cases on Sunday, increasing its caseload to 370. Tanzania’s cases are still at 509 but President John Pombe Magufuli’s government has not made in updates for the last 3 weeks.
South Sudan’s confirmed cases stand at 994 with 10 deaths. Kenya registered 74 more cases on Sunday, rising its national tally to 1,962 cases while one more person died - increasing the total coronavirus deaths to 64.