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COVID-19: Health Ministry Announces 33 High-Risk Districts

The Ministry of Health has given a full list of 33 districts in Uganda that have reported COVID-19 cases.

While addressing the nation about COVID-19 on Saturday, the Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng announced that Amuru and Kyotera districts have reported the highest and most sustained transmission compared to other districts.

“We are now experiencing a steady rise in the number of locally transmitted cases in 33 districts with a total number of 243 cases. Amuru and Kyotera districts are reporting the highest and most sustained transmission in comparison to the other districts,” said Aceng.

Amuru has so far reported 52 cases of COVID-19 while Kyotera has reported 46.

This is accompanied with the emergence of cases among refugees (51), frontline responders/ health workers (27), UPDF (8), Uganda Police Force (2) and immigration officers (2).

The total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Uganda is 685.

These include returnees from abroad (47), contacts and alerts (234), truck drivers (337), history of travel to East African countries (67).

Currently, 33 districts in Uganda have confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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They include; Amuru, Adjumani, Buikwe, Yumbe, Arua, Koboko, Moyo, Gulu, Kitgum, Lira, Soroti, Kumi, Tororo, Busia, Mayuge, Buvuma, Kayunga, Mukono, Kampala, Jinja, Nakaseke, Masindi, Bulisa, Kiryandongo, Kyankwanzi, Gomba, Masaka, Rakai, Mbarara, Isingiro, Ntungamo, Kyotera and Wakiso.

So far, a total of 1,197 truck drivers have tested positive for COVID-19.

Of these, 337 are Ugandans while 780 are foreign truck drivers.

Of the foreign truck drivers, 444 are Kenyans, 222 are Tanzanians, 9 South Sudanese, 18 are Congolese, 2 are Ethiopians, 12 are Rwandans, 23 are Burundians, 44 are Eritreans and 6 are Somalis.

Following a presidential directive to allow only COVID-19 negative foreign truck drivers to enter into the country, a total of 699 foreign truck drivers have been handed back to their respective countries of origin after they tested positive for COVID-19.

Currently, there are 560 COVID-19 active cases on admission in 14 health facilities. 496 are Ugandan nationals while 64 are foreigners.

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