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Uganda registers second most single-day COVID-19 infections

Passengers washing hands at a taxi stage in Kampala recently

Passengers washing hands at a taxi stage in Kampala recently

Uganda has registered it's second-highest single day coronavirus infections at 66 from the 4,816 samples tested on Saturday, August 15, 2020. 

The highest number of infections was recorded on May 31 this year when 83 people tested positive in one day. The total number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the country has now risen to 1,500. 

The ministry of Health said in a Sunday evening statement that the new cases include 53 alerts (people who willingly called the ministry to be tested after exposure or presenting symptoms consistent with COVID-19), 11 contacts to previously confirmed cases and two returnees from Ethiopia and Oman.

The alerts include 30 from Kampala, 6 from Namisindwa, 7 from Wakiso and one each from Tororo, Moroto, Katakwi, Buikwe, Bukwo, Bundibugyo, Mbale, Isingiro, Hoima and Buliisa while the 11 contacts to previously confirmed cases include 9 from Kampala and two from Namisindwa and Nakaseke.

Kampala was early this week declared a hotspot by the ministry of Health, warning that there are a lot of yet to be detected cases as already positive people have been got from the highly populated downtown arcades of Namaganda and Garilaya Plaza. 

Already, 13 people have died from coronavirus in the country while 1,142 patients have so far recovered and been discharged from hospital. 

The most infected age group is 30-39 with 350 cases and 20-29 with 268 cases according to statistics that were last updated on August 14, 2020. There are 6 cases among those aged 0-9.

There are 16 cases for those aged 10-19 while the least infected age group is 60-69. Among the infected, 85 per cent are male and 15 per cent female. The number of coronavirus infections has been rising in August, with 14 cases registered on August 9, 21 cases were registered on August 12, 32 cases on August 14, 49 cases on August 14 and 66 cases on August 15. 

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