COVID-19 Cases in Uganda Rise 23
Uganda confirms 23 new COVID-19 cases as tally rises to 616. PHORO/AFP

Uganda confirms 23 new COVID-19 cases as tally rises to 616.

Uganda COVID-19 cases have risen to 616 after the Ministry of Health confirmed 23 new cases on Sunday.

According to the Ministry of Health, a total number of 2494 samples were tested on Sunday, 1515 were from various border points while 949 were from alerts and contacts to previously confirmed cases and 30 samples were from healthy workers.

“We have confirmed 23 new COVID -19 cases. 17 truck drivers from Elegu, Mutukula and Mirama Hills points of Entry, one security personnel from ELegu, 1 frontline health worker and 14 cases from contacts and alerts from Kyotera, Adjumani, Tororo and Amuru districts,” the Ministry of Health said on their official Facebook page.

The Ministry also added that 47 foreign truck drivers that tested positive for the pandemic were returned to their countries of origin.

Last week four employees of KCCA tested positive for the pandemic and they were put into isolation and quarantine.

The Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda on Friday announced that he had gone into self-isolation after some of his contacts tested positive for the pandemic.

The confirmed Coronavirus cases in Uganda now stand at 616 while Uganda’s recoveries stand at 96.

Due to the increasing number of cases, the government of Uganda has started testing its cabinet ministers for the COVID-19 pandemic and this is one of the mass testing exercises that is going on thought the Country.

COVID-19 Cases in Uganda Rise 23
Uganda confirms 23 new COVID-19 cases as tally rises to 616. PHORO/AFP

Emmanuel Ainebyona the Health Spokesperson confirmed the reports and said it will be done every after two weeks.

“It is now going on and it will be done every after two weeks to ensure members of the cabinet are safe,” the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Health said.

The Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Health Dr Diana Atwine said that the ministers are being tested because they are on high risk of getting the diseases since they get into close contact with many people. 48 cabinet ministers will be tested every after two weeks.

This development comes after seven frontline line workers in Northern Uganda tested Positive for the pandemic on Sunday last week. The list included two doctors, three nurses, and two senior-level staff.

The pandemic has had an impact on the economy and the President has promised to bail out all the affected sectors of the economy.

The president promised to inject 1000 billion into Uganda development bank to provide loan services to the business entrepreneurs in the country.