The Ministry of Health has on Sunday confirmed 81 new COVID-19 cases in Uganda bringing the cumulative total number of infections in the country to 2,928.
The new cases and a death were confirmed from samples tested for COVID-19 on Saturday.
“Results from COVID-19 tests done on 29th August 2020: 81 new cases confirmed. The cumulative total confirmed cases of Ugandans are now 2,929,” the Ministry of Health announced on Sunday.
It added, “Uganda recorded 1 COVID-19 death, a Ugandan male aged 65 years old and a resident of Mbale. The total COVID-19 deaths are 30.”
Out of the 81 new COVID-19 cases registered, 67 are contacts and alerts and they include 32 from Kampala, 9 from Kiryandongo, 7 from Kitgum, 4 from Wakiso, 4 from Mukono, 3 from Iganga, 2 from Jinja, 2 from Gulu while Mbale, Oyam, Bundibugyo and Namisindwa registered 1 case each.
12 health workers also tested positive for COVID-19 and they include 4 from Lira, 3 from Kampala, 3 from Mukono, 1 from Jinja and 1 from Tororo.
2 Ugandan truck drivers who arrived into the country via Malaba border point also tested positive for COVID-19.
11 foreign truck drivers also tested positive for COVID-19 and were denied entry into Uganda as per the presidential directive that only COVID-19 negative foreign truck drivers be allowed entry into the country.
Out of 3,890 COVID-19 tests done on Saturday, 791 were from points of entry while 3,099 were from contacts and alerts.
Currently, Uganda has a cumulative total of 2,928 COVID-19 confirmed cases, 1,288 recoveries and 30 fatalities.
The National COVID-19 Taskforce will again meet on Tuesday next week to decide whether to reopen schools, places of worship, bars and other sectors that have been closed to nearly 6 months in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.