Uganda 43 new COVID-19 cases
Uganda records highest COVID-19 cases in 1 day, total at 203. FILE PHOTO

Uganda hits 203 COVID-19 cases after 43 more truck drivers test positive.

Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed 43 new COVID-19 cases from 1,838 samples tested of truck drivers on Friday at the Uganda Virus Research Institute.

The new cases, all truckers involving 17 Ugandans, 14 Kenyans, four Eritreans, five Tanzanians, two Burundians and one other person from an unknown country tested positive via Mutukula and Malaba border points of entry.

According to the health ministry, they tested a total of 2558 samples on Friday with all 720 community samples testing negative for the COVID-19.

“43 new COVID-19 cases confirmed from 1,838 samples of truck drivers. The new cases include 17 Ugandans, 14 Kenyans, four Eritreans, five Tanzanians, two Burundians and one from an unknown nationality,” a statement from the Ministry read.

This is the highest number of cases to be recorded by Uganda in a single day with the second highest being 21 which was reported on May 14th.

The new figure now brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Uganda to 203 with 63 recoveries and no single death has yet been reported from the virus.

Uganda 43 new COVID-19 cases
Uganda records highest COVID-19 cases in 1 day, total at 203. FILE PHOTO

Of these, close to 143 cases have come from truckers via particular border points meaning they represent about three-quarters of the country’s total cases.

Uganda now joins the list of Kenya on 758 cases, Rwanda on 287 and Tanzania on 509 cases as the other countries in the East African Community to surpass 200 cases.

In Africa as a whole, confirmed COVID-19 cases have hit 75,380 with 2,563 deaths as of Saturday morning according to statistics from Johns Hopkins University.

South Africa with 12,739 confirmed cases so far, Egypt with 10,829 cases Morocco with 6,607 cases and Algeria with 6,422 are the four most hit countries among the 54 countries on the African continent.

Other hit countries include; Cameroon on 2,954 cases, DR Congo on 1,242 cases, Guinea on 2,473 cases, Gabon on 1,104 cases, Ghana on 5,530 cases, Ivory Coast on 1,971 cases, Senegal on 2,189 cases, Nigeria on 5,162 cases, Tunisia on 1,032 cases, Somalia on 1,284 cases, Sudan on 1,818 cases and Djibouti on 1,284 cases.

Those that have so far registered lesser cases include; Angola on 48 cases, Benin on 339 cases, Botswana on 24 cases, Burkina Faso on 773 cases, Burundi on 15 cases, Cape Verde on 315 cases, Central African Republic on 143 cases, Chad on 399 cases, Comoros on 11 cases, Congo-Brazzaville on 391 cases and Equatorial Guinea on 583 cases.

Others include; Eritrea on 39 cases, Eswatini on 187 cases, Ethiopia on 272 cases, (The) Gambia on 23 cases, Guinea-Bissau on 913 cases, Kenya on 758 cases, Liberia on 215 cases, Libya on 63 cases, Madagascar on 230 cases, Malawi on 63 cases, Mali on 779 cases, Mauritania on 20 cases, Mauritius on 332 cases and Mozambique on 115 cases.

Also, Namibia on 16 cases, Niger on 876 cases, Rwanda on 287 cases, Sao Tome and Principe on 235 cases, Seychelles on 11 cases, Sierra Leone on 408 cases, South Sudan on 231 cases, Tanzania on 509 cases, Togo on 238, Uganda on 203 cases, Zambia on 654 cases, and Zimbabwe on 37 cases as well as Lesotho which registered its first and only case on May 12.