COVID-19 Recoveries in Uganda
COVID-19 recoveries in Uganda reach 72 as seven health workers tested positive pushing the country's total cases to 417. PHOTO/AFP

COVID-19 recoveries in Uganda reach 72 as seven health workers tested positive pushing the country’s total cases to 417.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed Seven Frontline health workers Sunday tested positive for COVID-19 bringing the total number of cases in Uganda to 417.

Seven frontline health workers including three nurses, two doctors and two senior-level staff were admitted at Entebbe Grade B and Mulago National Specialised Hospitals after they contracted the coronavirus.

According to a statement from the health ministry, two of the seven workers are from Lira Regional Referral Hospital. The duo, a lead nurse and medical officer from Lira Hospital have been admitted at Entebbe Regional Referral Hospital while the rest are at Mulago Specialised Hospital.

The health ministry said that they have already sent a team of experts specialised in Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC), Case Management and Psychological Management in all areas where these health workers contracted the virus from to evaluate the response and investigate what could have led to their infection.

“A team of experts specialised in in Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC), Case Management and Psychological Management are currently in the various places where health workers tested positive to evaluate the response and investigate what could have led to the unfortunate infection of the health workers.

“The MOH routinely tests health workers based on the chances of exposure to the COVID-19,” a statement from the Ministry read.

This now brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Uganda to 417 with no single death and so far, 72 people have since been discharged after they recovered from the virus.

Currently, the MOH says that there are up to 287 admitted COVID-19 patients who are receiving treatment in 15 Referral Hospitals countrywide.

COVID-19 Recoveries in Uganda
COVID-19 recoveries in Uganda reach 72 as seven health workers tested positive pushing the country’s total cases to 417. PHOTO/AFP

On May 30, Uganda confirmed a total of 84 COVID-19 cases– the country’s highest number of positive cases ever recorded in a single day. The previous highest figure recorded on a single day since tests began in March was 36 on May 28. 

Meanwhile, the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the African continent with now more than over 140,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus according to statistics from the Johns Hopkins University.

As of Monday morning, Africa has registered a total of 141,599 cases with 4,070 deaths and 59,191 recoveries from the deadly virus.

Globally, total confirmed coronavirus cases have now risen to 6,267,657 with the number of deaths also rising to 373,961 while those that have recovered are now totalling to 2,847,571 as of Monday morning according to the Johns Hopkins University.