3 more Ugandan returnees test positive for COVID-19

Some of the returnees at Entebbe airport

Some of the returnees at Entebbe airport

Three more Ugandan returnees have tested positive for COVID-19. Among the positive returnees is one from South Africa and two from DR Congo.

A further nine other people including two cross border drivers who arrived from Mutukula and Malaba and 9 contacts from Amuru also tested positive for coronavirus disease from the 2,103 tested on Saturday. 

This brings to 939 the number of confirmed Covid19 cases in the country. So far 16 returnees from Afghanistan, DR Congo, India and South Africa have tested positive for coronavirus. 

According to the ministry of Health, the three travellers are undergoing treatment at Mulago national referral hospital and Entebbe General hospital.

On Friday, the Internal Affairs ministry halted the process of Ugandans from returning because of congestion in quarantine centres. Over 1,000 Ugandans have since returned to the country under this arrangement since the airport was reopened. A further 23 recoveries were registered on Saturday to increase the total number of recoveries in Uganda to 891. Uganda has not yet registered any coronavirus deaths. 

Meanwhile, on Sunday, Kenya registered a further 309 cases and one more death. The total number of infections in Kenya now increases to 7,886 and 160 deaths.

In Djibouti, a further 56 infections were registered on Sunday while Madagascar that has since reimposed lockdown following a spike in coronavirus cases, recorded 3 more deaths (total 32) and a further 213 infections to increase its tally to 2,914 cases

Rwanda’s cases stand at 1,188 cases and 3 deaths while South Sudan stands at 38 deaths and 2,021 infections. The World Health Organisation announced a sudden rise of COVID-19 cases globally. 

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