Coronavirus cases in Uganda rise to 81
Uganda COVID-19 cases rise to 81 after two more people test positive. PHOTO/Lifestyleug.com

Uganda Coronavirus cases rise to 81 after two more people test positive

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed two new coronavirus cases bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in Uganda to 81.

The victims both male including a 24-year-old Ugandan and a 21-year-old Burundian refugee tested positive out of a total of 2,002 samples tested on Wednesday 29th at the Uganda Virus Research Institute.

The two cases were specifically confirmed out of 299 samples tested among the community and individuals under quarantine.

According to Dr Henry Mwebesa, the director-general health services the infected men were under quarantine at Rakai hospital as they are contacts to a confirmed Burundian refugee case.

“Two new COVID-19 cases confirmed out of a total of 2,002 samples tested at UVRI. They were under quarantine at Rakai hospital since they contacted with a Burundian Refugee,” Dr Mwebesa said.

Coronavirus cases in Uganda rise to 81
Uganda COVID-19 cases rise to 81 after two more people test positive. PHOTO/Lifestyleug.com

Meanwhile, all 1,703 samples from truck drivers at particular border points of entry tested negative for COVID-19 on Wednesday.

As the coronavirus first discovered in Wuhan continues to strike lives globally, Uganda as a country is one those that have been less affected by the Virus.

Since it’s an outbreak in the country, there is no single death yet to be confirmed from it and as well the number of recoveries from the virus exceeds the active cases.

Uganda so far has 52 recoveries from the virus and have already been discharged meaning active cases are only remaining 15 in number excluding the confirmed cases for the Kenyan and Tanzanian truck drivers who were deported back to their country to seek treatment from there.

The number of confirmed cases has continued to rise in recent days as total cases in Africa now surpass 34,000.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) confirmed an increase in the number of cases on Wednesday from 33,000 to over 34,000 in the past 24 hours. 

There have since been 1,517 deaths with countries such as Nigeria on 1,532 cases and 44 deaths, South Africa on 4,996 cases and 93 deaths, Ghana on 1,671 cases and 16 deaths as well Kenya on 384 cases and 14 deaths most affected.

Meanwhile, the latest statistics according to the WHO show that 11,180 people in Africa as a whole have recovered from the virus.

Worldwide, a total of 210 countries and territories around the world have been infected with a combined total of 3,220,970 cases and a death toll of 228,251 while 1,001,933 have recovered from it as of Wednesday according to the John Hopkins University.