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40 more Ugandans test positive for coronavirus

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. 

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-1 #1 WADADA rogers 2020-06-01 15:48
i want to go on record that these are lies, is a conspiracy, these numbers are fake, am starting to doubt the existence of corona virus in uganda.
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-1 #2 WADADA rogers 2020-06-01 15:49
But when all is said and done, the president wont lift any restriction today
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0 #3 Amooti Mugi 2020-06-01 20:41
Those proliferating the China flu have adamantly remained prostitutes and truck drivers...

Now the most effective way to get the Ugandan prostitutes off the truck drivers is to use sticks to beat them up each time they are seen with the drivers!!!

They are getting the disease from the drivers and maliciously spreading it to the long-suffering Ugandans who accepted to be home at a heavy cost.. I have not seen a prostitute charged in Court for "attempted murder"!!!!

The drivers should also be charged once caught with the brainless Ugandan ladies!!!
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+1 #4 Amooti Mugi 2020-06-01 21:22
The Observer, does it make any sense to continue reporting Tanzania's 509 cases that have remained the same for a month, when actually that country is inundated by the runaway China Flu infection rate????

To maintain the credibility and newsworthiness of the articles you publish, leave out that misleading figure from Tanzania!
Thank you.
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0 #5 Miki 2020-06-02 18:48
Now it appears like the Ugandan corona virus issue is just starting with cases of certain community spread.

A few cases among trans-boarder travelers and their immediate contacts were manageable, and by the way Mr. Museveni and the government of Uganda should be commended for the efforts thus far.

For many countries, the Covid 19 virus was imported, and it was easier to contain and manage as long as it remained among the travelers.

Once community based infections start, and covid19 is very contagious, then the problems start. The healthy care systems end up overwhelmed and at risk of total collapse.

Unfortunately, much of Africa seems to be heading in that situation of community spread of covid 19. Few African countries, if any, are equipped for what may come.

Mr. Museveni seems to understand and appreciate this scary fact hence cautious approach with re-opening. Unfortunately, re-opening means that Uganda has fired its last bullet in a war that rages on.
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