Uganda coronavirus recoveries 119
Uganda coronavirus case count hits 655 as recoveries from the deadly COVID-19 reach 119. FILE PHOTO

Uganda coronavirus case count hits 655 as recoveries from the deadly COVID-19 reach 119.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed one more person has healed from the coronavirus bringing the total number of recoveries in Uganda to 119.

Part of the confirmation, the Ministry also confirmed an additional Eight (8) new COVID-19 cases pushing Uganda’s case count now to 655.

According to a statement released by the Ministry, the new cases were confirmed from a total of 2,423 samples tested on Tuesday countrywide.

“Four of the cases are truck drivers who arrived via Elegu and Mutukula points of entry while the other four cases are from alerts and contacts to previously confirmed cases,” a statement from the Ministry read.

Relatively, the Ministry returned 31 foreign truck drivers including 16 Kenyans, 8 Tanzanian, five Eritreans, one Burundian and one South Sudanese who tested positive for COVID-19 to their respective countries of origin.

The new figures now mean that Uganda has a total of 655 infections with 119 recoveries and so far now coronavirus related deaths have been registered.

For weeks now, Uganda’s cases keep multiplying rapidly every single day. While delivering his Heroes’ Day speech yesterday, President Museveni raised worries about the increasing number of infections.

Museveni said that if numbers continue to escalate, the country might find it inevitable to survive to register deaths. Globally, Uganda is still one of the few countries yet to registered a single death from the novel coronavirus.

Uganda coronavirus recoveries 119
Uganda coronavirus case count hits 655 as recoveries from the deadly COVID-19 reach 119. FILE PHOTO

However, the President explained that this has been so because the doctors on the frontline of treating the COVID-19 patients have had to treat and deal with only a few and limited sick numbers but with the increasing numbers the situation might be different.

As a way forward, he advised the general public to continue adhering to the directives in place such as washing hands, wearing masks and maintaining social distance in a bid to prevent mass infections.

Museveni, in particular, mentioned that many people here in Uganda do not want to follow even the simplest rules. He raised the example of businesses owners who were allowed to re-operate but are now displaying laxity which poses a threat to their lives.

Earlier, the police warned boda boda cyclists who have made it a habit to carry and transport passengers on a daily from one place to another despite the President’s directives to have them stick to transporting cargo.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently warned countries worldwide that lifting of the lockdown will make people forget adhering to directives in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus.