Uganda Records Highest Single-Day Rise in COVID-19 Cases as More Truck Drivers at Elegu Border Test Positive


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Uganda has on Thursday 28 May confirmed 36 new COVID-19 cases, raising the country’s total count to 317.

This is the highest single-day number of cases of Ugandan nationals ever since the outbreak of Covid-19 in Uganda.

The previous highest number on a single day since tests began in March was 31 on May 26.

The single daily previous highest was 43 on May 15, but only 17 of those were Ugandans. Uganda would later revise the country’s count by deducting all cases of foreigners who left the country.

The total number of samples tested on Thursday 28 May was 2,230. Of these, 1,428 were from border points of entry while 802 were from the community and alerts, said a statement by the Ministry of Health.

Of those that tested positive, 24 were truck drivers. 20 drivers arrived from Elegu border point with South Sudan, 2 from Malaba and 1 was from Lia Point of Entry in Arua.

South Sudan poses a threat to Uganda as the new hotspot for Covid-19 contagion. On Wednesday May 27, Uganda registered 21 positive cases of Ugandan drivers who entered from South Sudan through Elegu border point.

Read here: South Sudan Epicentre of Covid-19 Contagion as 21 Ugandan Truck Drivers Test Positive at Elegu Border

According to the Ministry of health, 12 of the new cases are contacts to previously confirmed truck drivers. The contacts were under quarantine at the time of test.

26 foreign truck drivers who tested positive at the border entries were handed to their countries of origin for treatment.

Uganda has so far registered 69 recoveries and no covid-19 related death.

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