The Ministry of Health has on Friday confirmed 12 new COVID-19 cases in Uganda bringing the total number of infections in the country to 833.
According to Dr Henry Mwebesa, the Director General Health Services in the Ministry of Health, the new cases were confirmed from 2,113 samples tested on Thursday.
“26th June 2020, the Ministry of Health confirms 12 new COVID-19 cases from 2,113 samples tested on 25th June 2020. All confirmed cases are Ugandans. The total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Uganda are now 833,” announced Dr Mwebesa.
2 of the new cases were confirmed from 1,413 samples tested from points of entry while 10 were among 700 samples of contacts and alerts to previously confirmed cases.
2 of the new cases from points of entry are truck drivers who arrived from Kenya via Malaba border point while 10 new cases of alerts and contacts to previously confirmed cases include 4 from Amuru district, 2 from Kyotera, 2 from Luweero, 1 from Buikwe and 1 from Tororo.
Additionally, a total of 25 foreign truck drivers (15 Kenyans, 9 Tanzanians and 1 Congolese) who tested positive for COVID-19 were handed back to their respective country of origin.
Meanwhile, as per the presidential directive that every Ugandan above the age of 6 years should wear a face mask in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Minister of State for Primary Health Care Dr. Joyce Moriku Kaducu on Thursday launched grassroot distribution of face masks in Moyo district.
“Appreciation to H.E the President for fulfillment of his pledge in an effort to prevent COVID-19. I thank leadership at Ministry of Health for their tireless efforts to kick out COVID-19 in Uganda,” said Kaducu while launching the grass-root distribution of masks in Moyo district.
She added, “my heartfelt appreciation also goes to the district Task Force for COVID-19 of Moyo district for your commitment towards the fight of Coronavirus. Together we can make a difference in the struggle.”
Currently, Uganda has a total of 833 COVID-19 confirmed cases, 761 recoveries and no fatalities.