The Ministry of Health has registered 23 new COVID-19 cases in Uganda bringing the total number of cases in the country to 797.
The Director General Health Services in the Ministry of Health Dr Henry Mwebesa announced that new cases were confirmed from 2,219 samples tested on Monday.
“23rd June 2020, the Ministry of Health confirms 23 new COVID-19 cases from 2,219 samples tested on 22nd June 2020. All confirmed cases are Ugandans. The total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Uganda are now 797,” Dr Mwebesa announced.
5 of the new cases were among 1,308 samples tested from points of entry while 18 were among 911 samples of alerts and contacts to previously confirmed cases.
Unlike truck drivers, Mwebesa says cases from contacts and alerts have continued to rise and this puts community at great risk of full blown community transmission.
“5 of the new confirmed cases from points of entry are truck drivers, 3 of whom arrived from Kenya via Malaba border while 2 are from Elegu and Bunagana border points,” he said.
“Of the 18 cases of contacts and alerts to previously confirmed cases, 10 are from Tororo district and were under quarantine at the time of test, 3 from Amuru of which 1 was an illegal entrant and was detected at Elegu border, 4 are from Kyotera while 1 is from Yumbe district and was under quarantine at the time of test.”
While addressing the country about COVID-19 on Monday night, President Museveni expressed fear that Uganda is entering a dangerous phase of COVID-19.
“There are several people who don’t wear their masks properly and leave their nose and mouth uncovered. This makes masks useless. These incidences of noncompliance pose a risk to all Ugandans and may lead to further spread of the infection. Ugandans should know that if the disease escalates it may call for resumption of the restrictions to contain the disease spread and reduce death among the population,” said Museveni.
Although the number of truck drivers testing positive for COVID-19 has reduced, Museveni expressed worries of increasing COVID-19 positive cases from among the population.
“The number of truck drivers that are testing positive is reducing but unfortunately, we are getting new positive cases from within the population that are mostly linked to either the drivers or infiltrators from the neighboring countries,” he said.
Kyotera and Amuru districts have continued to report highest number of community transmission cases with 66 and 62 cases respectively.
“This is on account of elements that come through the porous borders,” said Museveni.
Since most people entered Kampala and with opening of public transport, Kampala has also registered COVID-19 positive cases with the number of cases now standing at 37.