The East African region Monday recorded a spike in coronavirus cases, with Kenya registering its highest daily deaths, 12. So far, at least 197 people have died of coronavirus in Kenya while the number of infections rose by 189 to 10,294 cases.
Rwanda recorded a further 41 new cases (total 1,378) while Burundi recorded 78 new cases, rising its caseload to 269 cases. Madagascar registered 213 new cases on Monday and a further 2 deaths (total 37). In Ethiopia, there were 206 new cases (total 7,766) and one more death, increasing the total deaths to 128. South Sudan registered 3 more deaths (total 41) and 127 new cases (total 2,148).
DR Congo recorded 42 new infections (total 8,075) and one more death. In Sudan, there were 7 more deaths (total 657) and 66 new cases (total 10,316). The Central African Republic recorded 33 new infections while Cape Verde’s cases rose by 75 to 1,698.
Uganda recorded 4 new cases (total 1,029) from the 1,702 samples tested on Sunday. Uganda, which has not registered any coronavirus deaths also recorded 5 new recoveries, increasing the total number of recoveries to 977.
There were at least 215 new coronavirus deaths and 15,461 new infections in Africa on Monday. A total of 613,697 total cases and 13,500 total deaths have been confirmed. 305,074 have since recovered from the disease.
ISINGIRO DISTRICT GETS FIRST CASE
On Monday, Isingiro district recorded its first community case of COVID-19 according to results that were released by ministry of Health.
Officials say the district's first case is a 19-year-old male who had travelled to Tanzania and sneaked into the country using the porous border entry points. He was later picked from Rubondo.
Isingiro resident district commissioner Herbert Muhangi says that the district gets many people from Tanzania trying to enter the country illegally to sell merchandise. At the same time, a number of Ugandans go to Tanzania to till gardens.
To date, the district has 69 people both Ugandan and Tanzanian nationals under quarantine. The 19-year-old was among the four new cases confirmed on Monday. The other contact and alert case was from Amuru while the other two cases were from cross border truckers who entered the country using the Kerwa and Mpondwe points of entry located in Yumbe and Kasese respectively.