The Ministry of Health has on Friday confirmed 6 new COVID-19 cases in Uganda bringing the total number of infections in the country to 1,006.
Dr. Henry Mwebesa, the Director-General Health Services in the Ministry of Health announced that new cases were confirmed from the 2,048 samples tested for COVID-19 on Thursday.
“Today, the Ministry of Health confirms 6 new COVID-19 cases from 2,048 samples tested. The cumulative COVID-19 cases of Ugandans are now 1006,” he announced.
Of the 6 new COVID-19 cases, 2 are truck drivers while 4 are contacts and alerts to previously confirmed cases.
The 4 new cases of contacts and alerts are from Malaba, Busia, Amuru, and Kyotera.
Dr Mwebesa further said that of the 2 truck drivers who tested positive for COVID-19, 1 arrived from Tanzania via Mutukula border and another one arrived from Kenya via Malaba border point.
Meanwhile, 17 foreign truck drivers (15 Kenyans, 1 Tanzanian, and 1 Congolese) tested positive for COVID-19 but were denied entry into Uganda as per the presidential directive.
The number of people who have so far recovered from COVID-19 in Uganda has risen to 938 but includes both Ugandans and foreigners.
It is important to note that there are foreigners and refugees who are COVID-19 positive and are admitted in Uganda’s health facilities but not captured in Uganda’s cumulative COVID-19 confirmed cases.
Since the Ministry of Health began testing COVID-19, a total of 221,675 samples have been tested.
Currently, Uganda has a total of 1,006 cumulative total COVID-19 confirmed cases, 938 recoveries (both Ugandans and foreigners), and no fatalities.