Panic! as Health ministry records 60 new COVID-19 cases, two more deaths

Regarding the twenty-eight (28) alerts, fifteen (15) are from Kampala, five (5) from Namisindwa, two (2) from Luwero and six (6) from Moroto, Arua, Gulu, Pader and Kasese, Of the fourteen (14) contacts to previously confirmed cases, seven (7) are from Kasese, four (4) from Kampala, three (3) from Arua, Masaka and Kikube.

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Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng addressing press recently. File/PHOTO

By Julia Kakoma

The Ministry of Health has announced another 60 cases of Covid-19 from tests done on Sunday, 16th August, 2020.

This brings the cumulative confirmed cases of Ugandans to 1,560.

The ministry also announced two new COVID-19 deaths today bringing the total virus deaths in the country to 15

The two fatalities are both Ugandan males aged 63 and 33 years old. They were admitted at Rubaga Hospital with signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

Of the sixty (60) new cases, twenty-eight (28) are alerts, fourteen (14) are contacts to previously confirmed cases, fourteen (14) are returnees and four (4) are truck drivers.

Regarding the twenty-eight (28) alerts, fifteen (15) are from Kampala, five (5) from Namisindwa, two (2) from Luwero and six (6) from Moroto, Arua, Gulu, Pader and Kasese, Of the fourteen (14) contacts to previously confirmed cases, seven (7) are from Kasese, four (4) from Kampala, three (3) from Arua, Masaka and Kikube.

The fourteen (14) returnees are broken down as follows, nine (9) from Saudi Arabia, two (2) from Kenya, 111155 (3) from Germany, Oman and Ethiopia. Of the four (4) truck drivers, two (2) arrived from South Sudan via Madi Opei while two (2) arrived from DRC via Mpondwe Point of Entry.

Twenty-one (21) foreign truck drivers (11 Kenyans, 7 Congolese, 2 Eritrean and 1 Tanzanian) tested positive for COVID-19 at the border points of entry and their entry into the count, was not permitted.

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