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Uganda's COVID-19 cases rise to 763

Uganda's coronavirus cases have risen to 763 after another 8 people were confirmed positive from the 1,850 samples tested on Friday. 
 
Five of the confirmed cases are truck drivers who entered from South Sudan via Elegu, and from Kenya via Busia and Malaba while three were from alerts and contacts of already confirmed cases in Kyotera district.

25 foreign truck drivers who tested positive for COVID-19 were denied entry and sent back to their respective countries of origin. While the numbers in Uganda are seemingly going down, the World Health Organisation (WHO), has indicated an increase in the number of cases reported daily in recent weeks.

WHO says that the world is entering a new and dangerous phase of the COVID-19 pandemic as infection rates continue to climb citing the more than 150,000 new cases of the disease which were reported on Thursday. The new cases are the highest single daily total so far, with more numbers recorded in the Americas, though large numbers came from South Asia and the Middle East.

Globally, there were nearly 8.8 million cases of COVID-19 as of Friday, including more than 450,000 deaths. The director general of WHO Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the world is in a new and dangerous phase of the global pandemic.

"Many people are understandably fed up with being at home. Countries are understandably eager to open up their societies and economies, but the virus is still spreading fast, it’s still deadly, and most people are still susceptible,” he said.

Tedros repeated his call for countries and people to remain vigilant against the disease, and to continue efforts focused on containing the disease, including thorough testing and contact tracing.

 
Cases breakdown in Africa as of June 19, 2020
 
263 people died of coronavirus in Africa on Friday while a further 10,135 got infected.
 
Southern Africa

🔹 South Africa recorded new deaths 84 (total deaths 1,831) and new infections 3,825 (total 87,715)
🔹 Eswatini 37 new cases (total cases 623)
🔹 Zimbabwe recorded 16 new cases (total 479)
🔹 Angola registered 6 new cases (total 172)
🔹 Botswana registered 10 new cases (total 89)
🔹 Namibia recorded 6 new cases (total 45)
🔹 Zambia 14 new cases (total 1,430)
🔹 Mozambique 6 new cases (total 668)
🔹 Malawi 28 new cases (total 620)

 
East/Central Africa

🔹 Sudan 19 new deaths (total 506) and 296 new cases (total 8.316)
🔹 DRC 5 new deaths (total 122) and 194 new cases (total 5,477)
🔹 Djibouti 2 new deaths (total 45) and 8 new cases (total 4,565)
🔹 Kenya 2 new deaths (total 119) and 117 new cases (total 4,374)
🔹 Ethiopia recorded 7 new deaths (total 72) and 116 new cases (total 4,070)
🔹 South Sudan registered 2 new deaths (total 34) and 34 new cases (1,864)
🔹 Mayotte recorded 11 new cases (total 2,394)
🔹 Madagascar 40 new cases (total 1,443)
🔹 Cape Verde registered one new death (total 8) and 25 new cases (total 848)
🔹 Sao Tome and Principe recorded 5 new cases (693)
🔹 Rwanda 15 new cases (total 661)

West Africa

🔹 Nigeria recorded 12 new deaths (total 487) and 667 new cases (total 19,147)
🔹 Ghana 4 new cases (total 70) and 274 new cases (total 13,203)
🔹 Cameroon 6 new deaths (total 282) and 774 new cases (total 10,638)
🔹 Ivory Coast registered 430 new cases (total 6874)
🔹 Senegal recorded 3 new death (total 79) and 164 new cases (total 5,639)
🔹 Guinea one death (total 27) and 63 new cases (total 4,904)
🔹 Gabon 2 new deaths (total 34) and 88 new cases (total 4,428)
🔹 Mali one death (total 108) and 17 new cases (total 1,923)
🔹 Guinea-Bissau 2 new deaths (total 17) and 49 new deaths (total 1,541)
🔹 Sierra Leone 2 new deaths (total 53) and 26 new cases (total 1,298)
🔹 Burkina Faso one new case (total 900)
🔹 Chad 4 new cases (total 858)
🔹 Benin 53 new cases (total 650)
🔹 Liberia 39 new cases (total 581)
🔹 Togo 8 new cases (total 555)

North Africa

 
🔹 Egypt 79 new deaths (total 2,017) and 1,774 new cases (total 52,211
🔹 Algeria 14 new deaths (total 825) and 119 new cases (11,504)
🔹 Morocco recorded 539 new cases (total 9,613)
🔹 Tunisia 14 new cases (total 1,146)
🔹  Libya 10 new cases (total 520)
 

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