Uganda COVID-19 Recoveries
Uganda coronavirus recoveries rise to 68. FILE PHOTO

Uganda has confirmed 15 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, while coronavirus recoveries rise to 68.

The Uganda Ministry of Health has confirmed 15 new COVID-19 cases from a total of 2,106 samples tested on Friday countrywide as coronavirus recoveries rise to 68.

Out of a total of 2,106 samples tested, 1,248 were samples tested of truck drivers at particular entry points while 858 samples were taken from within the community.

According to the Director-General Health Services, Dr Henry G Mwebesa, 12 of the new cases are of truck drivers tested via border points of entry while the other three cases were contacts to the previously confirmed cases of truck drivers.

Dr Mwebesa said the three cases were under quarantine at the time of test and they were confirmed from the samples tested within the community.

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“15 new COVID-19 cases confirmed.12 new cases are truck drivers while 3 cases are contacts to previously confirmed truck drivers. All contacts were under quarantine at the time of test,” Dr Mwebesa said.

“A total of 2,106 samples were tested on Friday.1,248 tested samples via border points of entry and 858 samples taken from the community and contacts.”

This now brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Uganda to 175 with 68 recoveries and no single death has yet been reported from the virus.

The current change in Uganda’s COVID-19 figures comes following President Museveni’s directive earlier this week to the health ministry to deduct all cases involving foreign truck drivers from Uganda‚Äôs case count.

Museveni justified that this will make it even much easier for the public to understand the number of infections countrywide and how many patients are still undergoing treatment rather than counting cases which have already been deported back to the respective countries.

Uganda COVID-19 Recoveries
Uganda coronavirus recoveries rise to 68. FILE PHOTO

Meanwhile, the health ministry yesterday handed over 23 positive foreign truck drivers to their respective countries of origin bringing the total number of those that have since been deported to 168.

Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, Uganda is among the few countries globally that have recorded fewer cases more so among its community members with most of its cases coming from the truckers.

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President Museveni earlier this week commended the impact of the lockdown in helping to control the spread of the virus. 

He said putting many activities on a standstill has enabled Uganda to register even lesser infections as compared to those in other countries.

Museveni who was holding his 14th address to the nation since the coronavirus said the lockdown has also helped the country to identify the areas more susceptible to the virus, for example, the porous entry points that have attributed to more than 70% of all Uganda’s infections.