Uganda’s confirmed number of COVID-19 cases has risen to 593 after recording 36 new cases on Friday.
According to the Ministry of Health, 1,310 samples including 344 from alerts and contacts and 648 from border points were tested.
The results from samples tested on Friday and released Saturday evening by the Ministry of Health, show that all the new confirmed cases are Ugandans, are alerts and contacts.
Among the new cases are 9 frontline health workers from Kampala bringing the total of health workers so far diagnosed with Covid to 17. Others include a contact from Buvuma district, 15 contacts from Kyotera, 2 from Mayuge, 1 from Padre and 8 from Yumbe.
“All contacts to previously confirmed cases were under quarantine at the time of test,” says the Health Ministry in a statement.
Also 11 foreigners from earlier collected samples tested positive for COVID-19.
This comes a day after Uganda’s Cabinet Ministers took mandatory tests for coronavirus. It is alleged that on Thursday, the President asked that all Ministers take tests for Covid following reports that some of their colleagues were found to be positive. There was fear that the others could have been exposed. SoftPower News was unable to independently verify this.
On Friday, Uganda’s Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda announced he was subjecting himself to self isolation after he got into contact with people who have been diagnosed with coronavirus.
The cases have risen drastically in recent weeks owing to the spike in cases of truck drivers from neighboring countries. The recent updates by the Ministry of Health point to an upward trend in the cases of Covid in communities across Uganda.
Uganda has registered 82 recoveries and no fatalities.