The Ministry of Health has on Friday confirmed 7 new COVID-19 cases from 2,532 samples tested on Thursday.
According to the statement issued by Dr Henry Mwebesa, the Director General Health Services in the Ministry of Health, 3 of the new cases are from points of entry while 4 are from contacts and alerts to previously confirmed cases.
“12th June 2020, the Ministry of Health confirms seven (7) new cases of COVID-19 from 2,532 samples tested on 11th June 2020. The total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Uganda are now 686,” said Dr Mwebesa.
Of the 7 new cases, 3 were among 1,310 samples tested from points of entry while 4 were from among 1,164 samples from contacts and alerts.
Of the 3 confirmed cases from points of entry, 2 are from Malaba while 1 is from Mutukula border points.
Additionally, of the 4 new cases from contracts and alerts to previously confirmed cases, 2 are from Tororo, 1 from Kyotera and 1 from Gulu district.
Meanwhile, 18 foreign truck drivers (8 Kenyans, 4 Tanzanians, 2 Congolese, 2 South Sudanese and 2 Eritreans) who tested positive for COVID-19 were handed back to their respective country of origin.
President Museveni while digitally addressing Parliament from State House at the budget reading on Thursday expressed concern over many Ugandans who are not careful with their lives as they fail to adhere to Ministry of Health guidelines such as social distancing and wearing of masks in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Museveni said he will not beg anyone to live.
On Wednesday, the first Deputy Prime Minister Moses Ali launched mass distribution of masks at the Ministry of Health headquarters in Kampala.
Since it’s mandatory for every Ugandan above the age of 6 years to wear a mask, Government has begun the process of distributing face masks beginning with border areas which have led to rapid increase of COVID-19 cases in Uganda.
Most of the COVID-19 confirmed cases in Uganda are from border points of Elegu, Malaba, Busia, Mutukula, Mirama Hills among others most of whom are from neighboring countries.
Currently, Uganda has a total of 686 COVID-19 confirmed cases, 161 recoveries and no fatalities.