The Ministry of Health has on Thursday confirmed 16 new COVID-19 cases in Uganda bringing the total number of infections in the country to 821.
Dr. Henry Mwebesa, the Director General Health Services in the Ministry of Health announced that the new cases were confirmed from 3,455 samples tested on Wednesday.
“25th June 2020, the Ministry of Health confirms 16 new COVID-19 cases from 3,455 samples tested on 24th June 2020. All confirmed cases are Ugandans. The total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Uganda are now 821,” announced Dr Mwebesa in a statement.
Of the 16 new cases, 5 are among 1,626 samples tested from points of entry while 11 are among 1,829 samples of alerts and contacts.
5 of the new cases from points of entry are truck drivers, 4 of whom arrived from South Sudan via Elegu border point while 1 arrived from Kenya via Busia border.
Of the 11 new cases of contacts and alerts to previously confirmed cases, 4 are from Kyotera, 4 from Amuru, 1 from Tororo, 1 Kakumiro and 1 from Luweero districts.
Additionally, a total of 7 foreign truck drivers (4 Kenyans, 2 Tanzanians and 1 Burundian) tested positive for COVID-19 and were handed back to their respective countries of origin.
Currently, Ugandans has a total of 821 COVID-19 confirmed cases, 717 recoveries and no fatalities.