Uganda Hits 139 COVID-19 Cases as Two Weeks of Lockdown Extension Nears an End.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed 13 new COVID-19 cases out of 2,104 samples tested on Wednesday at the Uganda Virus Research Institute.
The new cases include seven Ugandans, five Kenyans and one Eritrean who arrived from Tanzania, South Sudan and Kenya via Mutukula, Elegu and Malaba border points of entry.
According to the health ministry, they were confirmed specifically from the 1,741 samples tested of truck drivers via border points of entry. All 363 community samples tested negative for COVID-19.
“Thirteen new COVID-19 cases confirmed from 1,741 samples of truck drivers. The new cases are seven Ugandans, five Kenyans and one Eritrean who arrived from Tanzania, South Sudan and Kenya via Mutukula, Elegu and Malaba,” the MOH tweeted.
This now brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Uganda to 139 with no deaths and 62 recoveries including a Kenyan truck driver who was discharged after recovering from the virus.
The Kenyan driver was admitted at Kabale regional referral hospital after being intercepted by authorities in Kisoro district on en route to Rwanda on April 25th.
On Wednesday, five other truck drivers, all Tanzanian drivers who had been admitted at Arua regional referral hospital were discharged after they recovered from the virus.
Truck drivers still posing a threat
For the last two weeks now, Uganda has not yet registered any new case among its community members with more cases coming from truck drivers.
Statistics from the health ministry indicate that more than 70 cases part of the 139 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Uganda have come particularly from these drivers via different border points of entry.
Close to 30 Ugandan truck drivers have since tested positive with other cases coming from neighbouring countries such as Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, Eritrea among others.
Meanwhile, the coronavirus pandemic continues to strike lives globally with confirmed cases now reaching 4,429,930 and 298,174 deaths as of yesterday according to the Johns Hopkins University.
In Africa, there are now more than over 69,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the continent. According to the latest statistics from the Johns Hopkins University and Africa Center for Disease Control on COVID-19 in Africa, all countries across the continent have now registered at least a case with Lesotho only holding out up to May 12.
Total confirmed cases in Africa have now hit 69,707 with 2,399 deaths and 24,141 recoveries as of Wednesday.