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Covid-19 Cases Rise to 1500 with 66 New Cases

The Ministry of Health has on Sunday confirmed 66 new COVID-19 cases in Uganda bringing the cumulative total number of confirmed infections in the country to 1,500.

The new cases were confirmed from 4,816 tests done on Saturday.

“Results from COVID-19 tests done on 15th August 2020; 66 new COVID-19 cases confirmed. The cumulative confirmed cases of Ugandans are now 1,500,” the Health Ministry announced.

The new cases include 53 alerts, 11 contacts to previously confirmed cases and 2 returnees.

The 53 cases of alerts include 30 from Kampala, 6 from Namisindwa, 7 from Wakiso while districts of Tororo, Moroto, Katakwi, Buikwe, Bukwo, Bundibugyo, Mbale, Isingiro, Hoima and Buliisa registered 1 case each.

The 11 contacts to previously confirmed cases include 9 from Kampala, 1 from Namisindwa and 1 from Nakaseke.

The 2 returnees who tested positive for COVID-19 arrived from Ethiopia and Oman.

Meanwhile, 16 foreign truck drivers 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.

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Of the 4,816 samples tested for COVID-19 on Saturday, 1868 were from points of entry while 2,948 were from contacts and alerts to previously confirmed cases.

Currently, Uganda has a cumulative total of 1,500 COVID-19 confirmed cases, 1,142 recoveries and 13 fatalities.

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