On Wednesday, the Ministry of Health announced that Uganda had recorded 1,199 new COVID-19 cases from samples tested on Tuesday December 8, 2020.
This is the highest number of COVID-19 cases registered in Uganda in a single day since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country in March.
The new cases bring the total number of infections in the country to 25,059.
“Results of COVID-19 tests done on 08 December 2020 confirm 1,199 new cases. The cumulative confirmed cases are now 25,059,” the Health Ministry announced.
Of the new cases, 1,198 were contacts and alerts and they included; 414 from Kampala, 252 from Wakiso, 75 from Kabalore, 57 from Kasese, 49 from Masaka, 37 from Luweero, 34 from Mbarara, 31 from Isingiro, 27 from Soroti, 22 from Kabale, 17 from Kalaki, 17 from Tororo, 13 from Mayuge, 13 from Jinja, 10 from Bunyangabu, 10 from Kalungu, 9 from Mityana, 9 from Kamwenge, 8 from Apac, 8 from 8 Kyotera, 7 from Kaberamaido, 6 from Kanungu, 6 from Katakwi, 6 from Iganga, 5 from Kakumiro, 6 from Mukono and 5 from Kalangala.
Others include; 6 from Busia, 4 from Rukungiri, 4 from Nakaseke, 4 from Bushenyi, 4 from Kaliro, 4 from Mubende, 3 from Kibuku, 2 from Rubanda, 2 from Buyende, 2 from Sembabule, 4 from Mbale, 2 from Bukomansimbi while the districta of Kisoro, Mpigi, Kapchorwa, Mitooma, Ntoroko, Pader and Moyo registered 1 case each.
Another one case confirmed was a truck driver who arrived in the country via Malaba point of entry.
The Ministry also said that 12 new COVID-19 deaths had been registered, inflating the cumulative number of fatalities to 219.
However, of the 12 new deaths, 9 occurred between 4th and 5th December but had not been verified before reporting. The other 3 occurred on Wednesday.
The Health Ministry reminded members of public to be extra careful, now that COVID-19 related deaths are on the rise.
“Deaths due to COVID-19 is within our families and friends. It’s our individual and collective responsibility to practice safe behaviours such as maintaining social distancing, avoiding gatherings and crowds, stay at home as much as possible,” the Ministry of Health stated.
“Always wear a face mask when in public. You do not know where your neighbour or friend has been. Good hand hygiene – wash your hands with soap and water frequently or use an alcohol based sanitizer.”