COVID-19 cases in Uganda rise to 274

Thursday May 21 2020
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The number of COVID-19 cases in the country has risen to 274 after 10 people tested positive for the disease on Wednesday.

Out of the 10 cases, nine are truck drivers while one case is a contact to a confirmed truck driver.

The new cases were part of 1,497 samples that were tested.

Meanwhile, the number of foreign drivers who have tested positive for the disease now stands at 145.

11 foreign drivers who tested positive for COVID-19 were handed over to their countries of origin on Wednesday in line with a recent presidential directive that only truck drivers who test negative for the disease should be allowed into the country.

124 truck drivers, according to the health ministry, have been sent back home since Saturday last week.

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Four new COVID-19 cases registered in Uganda

Wednesday May 20 2020

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Four new COVID-19 cases have been registered in Uganda.

These are samples that were tested on Tuesday out of 2,228 samples by health workers.

According to Dr Henry Mwebesa, the director general of health services, the new case brings the total confirmed cases in Uganda to 264.

Dr Mwebesa said in a Wednesday statement that two cases are among truck drivers while the other two are contacts to previously confirmed truck drivers.

He said that one of the new cases is a 28-year-old Ugandan, a resident of Buikwe District while the second case is a 26-year-old Ugandan male resident of Kyambogo, Kampala. He is being treated at the China-Uganda Friendship Hospital in Kampala.

Dr Mwebesa said that two Ugandan male truck drivers who arrived from Tanzania via Mutukula are receiving treatment at Masaka Regional Referral Hospital.

Uganda currently has 80 admitted COVID-19 cases, according to Dr Mwebesa’s statement.

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