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Uganda's COVID-19 cases increase to 870

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Uganda has risen to 870 after another 11 people tested positive for the disease on Sunday. 

Four of the confirmed cases are among drivers that were picked from different points of entry, while seven cases were picked from communities in Tororo and Koboko.

The number of recoveries also increased to 808, but the ministry of Health said active cases stand at 190 including non-Ugandans and refugees from Sudan, Burundi, Tanzania, South Sudan, Kenya, DR Congo and Rwanda. 

The rise in cases comes as the number of complaints against the state of quarantine and isolation centres at designated places is also increasing.

The recent complaint was made over the weekend by a patient at Masaka regional referral hospital. In a video that is circulating on social media sites, the patient says that the living conditions at the female treatment ward are intolerable. She says they lack running water, the bathrooms are in a poor state and they sleep in a ward with children.

Dr Richard Mugahi, the head of COVID-19 quarantine centres in the country says that the centres are not hotels that can offer residents a comfortable experience.

"These are classrooms that have been turned into rooms. They have the bare minimum. We cannot offer a four-course meal like some hotels do. That is beyond our ability. We give what we can afford," said Mugahi.

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