The Ministry of Health has on Thursday confirmed 8 new COVID-19 cases in Uganda bringing the total number of infections in the country to 1,051.
Dr Henry Mwebesa, the Director General Health Services in the Ministry of Health has announced that the new cases were confirmed from the 2,405 samples tested for COVID-19 on Wednesday.
The 8 new cases, Dr Mwebesa said include 2 alerts, 5 contacts and 1 returnee.
“Of the 8 confirmed cases, 2 are alerts from Kampala and Kagadi districts while 5 are contacts (3 from Amuru and 2 from Lamwo districts). Regarding the returnee, 1 Indian, a resident of Uganda returned from India and was under quarantine at the time of test,” said Dr Mwebesa.
A total of 10 foreign truck drivers (8 Kenyans and 2 Tanzanians) tested positive for COVID-19 at the points of entry and were denied entry into Uganda as per the presidential directive that only COVID-19 negative foreign truck drivers should be allowed entry into the country.
Uganda as of today Thursday July 16, 2020 has a total of 194 COVID-19 active cases on admission, 1,051 cumulative total confirmed cases, 1,014 recoveries and no fatalities.
The 194 active cases on admission include 173 Ugandans, 18 foreigners and 3 refugees.
It is, however, important to note that COVID-19 positive non Ugandan nationals are not tallied on the cumulative total confirmed COVID-19 cases of Uganda.
It is also very important to note that the total number of COVID-19 recoveries include Ugandans, foreigners and refugees.
Since Uganda began testing for COVID-19, a cumulative total of 235,013 samples have so far been tested.
Currently, Uganda has a cumulative total of 1,051 COVID-19 confirmed cases, 1,014 recoveries and no fatalities.