Uganda Has 40 New Covid Cases, 20 of them Truck Drivers from South Sudan

Laboratory staff using a GeneXpert machine at one of Uganda's testing facilities.

Uganda has reported another 40 cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, a day after the Ministry of Health said 7 healthcare workers on the frontline had contracted the coronavirus disease.

The Ministry’s latest update indicates that out of the 1,319 samples tested on Sunday, 40 were found to be positive for Covid. All the 40 are Ugandan nationals.

Out of the 40, twenty three (23) are from border point areas while 17 are contacts and alerts.

Uganda’s new cases include 20 truck drivers, from South Sudan, 2 truck drivers from Tanzania, one who arrived from Padea.

The other 17 are contacts to previously conformed cases (from Gulu, Jinja, Amudat, Wakiso, Amuru, Yumbe, Zombo and Nebbi).

The new cases bring Uganda’s total tally since May 29 when the first case was reported to 457. At least 72 people have recovered from the disease and the country has registered no Covid related death.

The Ministry of Health also reported that some 31 other truck drivers tested positive for Covid and as the new measures require, they were handed back to their countries of origin. 11 of them were Tanzanian, 19 were Kenyans and 1 was Eritrean.

Currently, there are 303 Covid patients admitted in 15 Referral Hospitals across Uganda and the Ministry says they are all stable.

President Yoweri Museveni is expected to address the nation Monday night to further guide on measures taken in line with reopening the economy following a 2-month lockdown. Public transport including taxis and buses are scheduled to resume operations Tuesday according to the President’s previous address.

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