The Ministry of Health has on Wednesday confirmed eight new COVID-19 cases in Uganda bringing the total number of infections in the country to 732.
Among the confirmed cases is a traveller from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) who arrived in Kasese via porous borders and was identified by members of the community.
In a statement issued by Dr Henry Mwebesa, the Director General Health Services in the Ministry of Health, the case was among the 4 cases from contacts and alerts.
“Four cases are contacts and alerts; they include 2 from Kampala who were under quarantine at the time of test, 1 from Moyo who was under quarantine at the time of test and 1 traveller who arrived from DRC through porous border in Kasese district and was identified by the community who alerted our teams. He was immediately put under quarantine,” Dr Mwebesa announced.
The other 4 cases are from points of entry and they include; 2 truck drivers who arrived from Kenya via Malaba border point while 2, a turn boy and a clearing agent are from Elegu point of entry.
All the cases were confirmed from a total of 2,526 samples tested, 1,810 of whom were from pints of entry while 677 were among contacts and alerts to previously confirmed cases.
All 39 samples of health workers tested negative for COVID-19.
Additionally, a total of 16 foreign truck drivers 11 Kenyans, 3 Tanzanians, 1 Congolese and 1 South Sudanese) who tested positive for COVID-19 were handed back to their respective country of origin.
Currently, Uganda has a total of 732 COVID-19 confirmed cases, 409 recoveries and no fatalities.