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Second Rapid Assessment Survey Confirms 1 COVID-19 Case as Infections Rise to 1,203

The second rapid assessment survey flagged off by the Minister of Health Dr Jane Ruth Aceng on July 22, 2020 has so far discovered 1 COVID-19 case of community transmission.

This was revealed by Dr Henry Mwebesa, the Director General Health Services in the Ministry of Health while announcing COVID-19 results from samples tested on Monday.

Out of the 8 new COVID-19 cases confirmed on Tuesday from samples tested on Monday, 2 are alerts, of whom 1 was identified by the second rapid assessment survey.

“Of the 2 alerts, 1 is from Gulu district and identified from the ongoing rapid assessment survey while 1 is from Namisindwa,” said Dr Mwebesa.

The rapid assessment survey is to determine the extent of COVID-19 community transmission and the possible risk groups.

Over 10,000 people will be assessed by the survey teams.

The targeted districts include Masaka, Kyotera, Adjumani, Rakai, Isingiro, Gulu, Buikwe, Ntungamo, Amuru, Kakumiro and Kasese.

The population groups to be assessed include URA staff working at points of entry, health workers, law enforcement officers, sex workers, boda bodas, children below 15 years and elderly above the age of 60 among others.

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Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health has confirmed 8 new COVID-19 confirmed cases in Uganda bringing the total number of infections in the country to 1,203. The new cases were confirmed from 1,765 tests done on Monday.

Of the 8 new cases, 4 are truck drivers, 2 are alerts, 1 is a contact from Kyotera while 1 is a retunee from Somalia.

Regarding 4 truck drivers, 2 arrived via Malaba border point, 1 arrived via Busia border while 1 arrived through Mirama Hills.

Out of 1,765 samples tested for COVID-19 on Monday, 1,559 are from points of entry while 206 are from contacts and alerts.

Ever since Uganda began testing for COVID-19, a cumulative total of 282,512 samples have been tested.

Currently, Uganda has a cumulative total of 1,203 COVID-19 confirmed cases and 5 deaths.

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