The Ministry of Health has on Tuesday confirmed 32 new COVID-19 cases in Uganda bringing the total number of cases in the country to 489.
According to the statement issued by Dr Charles Olaro on behalf of Director General Health Services Henry Mwebesa, of the 32 new cases, 19 are from points of entry while 13 are from contacts and alerts.
“02 June 2020, the Ministry of Health confirms thirty-two (32) new COVID-19 cases from 2,222 samples tested on 01 June 2020. All the confirmed cases are Ugandans,” read the statement in part.
Of the new cases, 19 are from 1,693 samples from points of entry while 13 are from 432 samples of contacts and alerts.
Among the 19 new cases from points of entry, 14 are truck drivers who arrived from South Sudan via Elegu, 2 arrived from Kenya via Malaba, another 2 also arrived from Kenya via Busia, and 1 arrived from Tanzania via Mutukula.
Of the 13 new cases of contacts to previously confirmed cases, 7 are from Kyotera, 2 from Tororo, 1 from Wakiso, 1 from Yumbe, 1 from Mpigi and 1 from Gomba.
Additionally, Olaro said that 25 foreign truck drivers (9 Tanzanians, 12 Kenyans, 1 Eritrean, 1 Congolese and 1 truck driver whose nationality is not captured) tested positive for COVID-19 and were handed back to their respective countries of origin.
Olaro also announced that the number of recoveries has risen and now stands at 79.
Currently, Uganda has a total of 489 COVID-19 confirmed cases of whom 391 are admitted in 15 Referral Hospitals in the country while 79 have recovered from the disease.