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23 more people test positive to COVID-19, cases rise to 198

Uganda’s Positive Cases Rise to 198

Kampala, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |   Twenty-three  new cases of Coronavirus disease have been recorded in the country, bringing Uganda’s count to 198 nationals. These were part of 1,187 samples tested On Saturday from the border points and the Uganda Virus Research Institute.

19 of the reported 23 cases are Ugandan truck drivers who entered the country through the Elegu and Busia points of entry in Northern and Eastern  Uganda, while the four cases were from the community.

According to the Ministry of Health, all the community cases came into contact with  positive  truck drivers. At the time of testing, the four cases were under quarantine.

The government also blocked the entry of 38 truck drivers who tested positive at different points of entry. This brings the number of drivers who have been sent back to 206, since the beginning of the week.

On Friday, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, the Minister of Health told journalists that it was risky for Uganda to treat foreigners because this was likely to strain health centres and also increase the risk of spreading the disease to Ugandans.

Uganda’s increase your in cases comes at a time when the number of cases reported on the African continent is on the rise. As of yesterday, the number of confirmed cases on the continent surpassed the 100,000 mark, with over 3,500 deaths reported.

South Africa and Egypt have the highest recorded cases at over 20,000 and 15,000 respectively. Lesotho and Seychelles have the lowest cases reporting one and 11 cases respectively.

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa says that even if the number of cases has risen to 100,000 there’s still hope that effects of the disease on the continent might not be as dire as earlier predicted.

“For now COVID-19 has made a soft landfall in Africa, and the continent has been spared the high numbers of deaths which have devastated other regions of the world. It is possible our youth dividend is paying off and leading to fewer deaths. But we must not be lulled into complacency as our health systems are fragile and are less able to cope with a sudden increase in cases,” Dr Moeti said.

Case modelling by WHO estimate that as many as 190,000 COVID-19 deaths could be recorded in Africa within one year of fighting the disease.

Uganda has not recorded any death. However,  65 patients have so far been discharged from different treatment centers around the country.

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4 comments

  1. Uganda cases are actually minimized but the problem is coming from truck drivers however the president address that it would have been suicidal to stop truck drivers also is “SUICIDAL”.

    • Museveni can not stop truck drivers because his business will be lowered, so he makes them to continue traveling in order to make more money.
      I know there is a lot of corruption now, in deed they have made money.
      Museveni is coughing at ugandans about his salary after him stilling a lot of money that is why corruption is too much in Uganda it begins with museveni.
      Museveni is corrupt.
      This Cor has made people to Kno him

    • john Stephen mwesigwa

      Comrade Agwau Marvin, we only die once so there cannot be a double SUICIDE case, it is only committed once and in this case when we stop the truck drivers that is the only suicide case we would have to answer therefore there is nothing like not stopping them being SUICIDAL.

  2. Someone tell mr museveni to stop playing with our lives. Imagine someone put in lockdown for three month without even being provided with water, yet he is playing his money making SUICIDAL games. F##k off with your drivers.

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