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Breaking: Uganda registers 43 COVID-19 Cases total surge to 203

KAMPALA —Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Uganda have risen to 203 after 43 new cases, all truck drivers tested positive for the virus from 1,838 samples

The new cases, the highest number recorded in a single day so far, include 11 Kenyans, 5 Tanzanians, 17 Ugandans, 2 Burundians, and 4 Eritreans who entered Uganda via various border entry points at Mutukula, Busia and Elegu. One case is of unknown nationality.

All 43 positive cases were recorded on three different border points distributed as below:

Elegu border point recorded 15 Ugandan and 9 Kenyan drivers and 4 Eritreans while Mutukula contibuted 5 Tanzanians, 1 Burundian and Malaba border post had 5 Kenyans, 2 Ugandans, 1 Burundian and 1 whose nationality by press time was not yet known.

All 720 community samples have tested negative for COVID-19 while total recoveries so far are 63

Statement from the Ministry also indicated total samples tested today are 2,558.

The highest figure to be recorded in the single day in Uganda came about after Minister of Health updated the country recently on the state of COVID-19 where she said the Ministry conducted a rapid assessment tests to determine if there was community transmission of Corona Virus in Uganda.

 She noted said out of 14,061 participants of the targeted 23,000 samples, only four sporadic cases tested positive including; two police officers, a Ugandan student returnee from Bukoba in Tanzania and a truck driver in Rakai. Aceng says this translates to just 0.03% community transmission.  

On April 28, 2020, the ministry of Health flagged off a rapid assessment survey to determine the prevalence of coronavirus disease in communities in the country. The survey targeted blood samples, nose and throat swabs from random individuals including the riskiest personnel such as the clergy, market vendors, police and army officers. 

Aceng said from the rapid assessment survey there is indeed no COVID-19 transmission within the Ugandan community. She said Uganda’s coronavirus risk, for now, remains cross-border truck drivers.

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