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Uganda Registers 65 New COVID-19 Cases as Taskforce Moves to Decide the Fate of Schools, Places of Worship

The Ministry of Health has on Tuesday confirmed 65 new COVID-19 cases in Uganda bringing the cumulative total number of infections in the country to 3,037.

The cases were confirmed from samples tested for COVID-19 on Monday.

Out of the 65 new cases, 62 are contacts and alerts and they include 20 from Kampala, 10 from Kikuube, 8 from Luweero, 4 from Buikwe, 4 from Zombo, 3 from Adjumani, 3 from Arua, 3 from Hoima, 2 from Wakiso while Jinja, Mbarara, Mayuge, Pallisa and Yumbe registered 1 case each.

2 foreign truck drivers who arrived into Uganda via Padea and Lia points of entry and 1 health worker from Kampala also tested positive for COVID-19.

Meanwhile, 2 foreign truck drivers, one from Kenya and another one from DRC also tested positive for COVID-19 and were denied entry into Uganda as per the presidential directive that only COVID-19 negative truck drivers be allowed entry into the country.

Out of the 3,564 COVID-19 samples tested on Monday, 1,010 were from points of entry while 2,554 were from contacts and alerts.

Since Uganda began testing for COVID-19, a cumulative total of 381,749 cases have been tested.

Currently, Uganda has a cumulative total of 3,037 COVID-19 confirmed cases, 1,489 recoveries and 32 fatalities.

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Today, the COVID-19 Taskforce is meeting to decide whether to reopen schools, places of worship, bars and other sectors that have been closed for close to 6 months in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The Government, over the weekend, introduced a COVID-19 testing fee saying that testing kits are expensive.

This, the government said, is because out of over 300,000 COVID-19 tests done, 1% of the people were discovered to have COVID-19.

Despite criticism from the public, the presidential advisor on epidemics Prof Monica Musenero, has since said that paying for their COVID-19 tests is normal since it is done in some countries such as Kenya.

The categories of people that will be paying the COVID-19 testing fee of 240,500 shillings include truck drivers arriving into Uganda via different points of entry, Ugandans coming from abroad, people seeking to know their COVID-19 status and companies and organisations testing their staff.

However, people who present to the health facilities with COVID-19 signs and symptoms, contacts and alerts to previously confirmed cases are exempted from paying the fee.

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