The Ministry of Health has on Friday confirmed 5 new COVID-19 cases in Uganda bringing the total number of infections in the country to 1,056.
Dr. Henry Mwebesa, the Director-General Health Services in the Ministry of Health has announced that the new cases were confirmed from the 3,696 samples tested for COVID-19 on Thursday.
The 5 new cases, Dr. Mwebesa said, include 2 contacts to previously confirmed cases, 2 truck drivers and 1 returnee.
“Of the 5 confirmed cases, 2 are truck drivers who arrived from South Sudan and DRC via Elegu and Bunagana points of entry. 2 are contacts to previously confirmed cases from Amuru district. Regarding the returnee, 1 Indian, a resident of Uganda who returned from India and was under quarantine at the time of test,” said Dr Mwebesa.
A total of 24 foreign truck drivers (16 Kenyans, 4 Tanzanians, 3 Congolese and 1 Somali) 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 Friday, July 17, 2020, has a total of 188 COVID-19 active cases on admission, 1,056 cumulative total confirmed cases, 1,023 recoveries and no fatalities.
The 188 active cases on admission include 166 Ugandans, 20 foreigners and 2 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.
A total of 2,582 samples from points of entry were tested for COVID-19 on Thursday while 1,114 samples were from contacts and alerts to previously confirmed cases.
A total of 3,696 samples were tested for COVID-19 on Thursday.
Since Uganda began testing for COVID-19, a cumulative total of 238,709 samples have so far been tested.
Currently, Uganda has a cumulative total of 1,056 COVID-19 confirmed cases, 1,023 recoveries, and no fatalities.