COVID-19 in Uganda 281 total cases
Uganda records 28 new positive cases for COVID-19 and this includes 21 truck drivers who arrived from South Sudan. FILE PHOTO

Uganda reaches 281 cases after 28 more people test positive for COVID-19 and this includes 21 truck drivers who arrived from South Sudan.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) Wednesday confirmed 28 new COVID-19 cases from 2,004 tested samples bringing the total number of cases in Uganda to 281.

According to a statement from the health ministry, 21 of the new cases are truck drivers who arrived from South Sudan via Elegu border while the remaining seven cases are contacts to the previously confirmed truck drivers.

The Ministry says they tested a total of 2,004 samples yesterday. Of these, 1,456 samples were from the points of entry and 548 samples were from the community and contacts.

“Today, 27 May 2020, 28 new COVID-19 cases confirmed. 21 new cases are truck drivers who arrived from South Sudan via Elegu while 7 cases are contacts to previously confirmed truck drivers. The contacts were under quarantine at the time of the test.

“Total samples tested today were 2,004. Samples from Points of Entry tested were 1,456 and samples from the community and contacts were 548,” a statement from the Ministry read.

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Relatively, the MOH says that seven positive foreign truck drivers including 4 Tanzanians and one citizen from each of Eritrea, Congo and Burundi were returned to their country of origin bringing the total number of those that have since been deported to about 264.

“Seven positive foreign truck drivers (four Tanzanians, one Eritrean, one Congolese and one Burundian) were handed over to their country of origin.”

COVID-19 in Uganda 281 total cases
Uganda records 28 new positive cases for COVID-19 and this includes 21 truck drivers who arrived from South Sudan. FILE PHOTO

The new figure now pushes Uganda’s COVID-19 confirmed cases to 281 with no single death and as of today, 69 people have been discharged after they recovered from the virus.

Meanwhile, the novel coronavirus continues to fast spread globally with more than 5.6 million cases reported and at least 353,000 deaths as of today morning according to statistics from the Johns Hopkins University.

Brazil is the latest country to experience mass infections. It is now the country with the second-highest number of cases worldwide. For two days now, Brazil’s daily new deaths surpassed those in the United States.

In Africa, up to 119,454 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed on the whole continent with the number of deaths now on 3,592.

South Africa on 24,264 confirmed cases, Egypt on 18,756 and Algeria on 8,697 are so far the countries with the biggest number of infections on the continent as of today according to the Johns Hopkins University.

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Others include; Cameroon with 5,436 cases, DR Congo with 2,403 cases, Djibouti with 2,468 cases, and Nigeria with 8,733 cases among others.