Uganda records 36 new coronavirus cases as curve takes sharp rise

Uganda has on Thursday May 29, recorded 36 more coronavirus cases – 24 drivers and 12 contacts to previously confirmed positive drivers.

According to Health Minister, Dr. Ruth Aceng, Uganda’s cumulative total of confirmed cases has now risen to 317.

Dr. Aceng says 20 of the positive truck drivers arrived from Elegu border entry with South Sudan while 2 arrived from Malaba border with Kenya.

All the 12 contacts were under quarantine at the time of testing according to the ministry of Health.

A total of 2,230 samples were tested on Thursday, with 802 of the samples coming from the community. 26 positive foreign truckers were handed over to their countries of origin.

South Sudan, which is emerging from a devastating six-year civil war, has so far recorded 995 cases of COVID-19 with only six recoveries, according to the latest figures from the health ministry, also released on Wednesday

Aid agencies are sounding the alarm over a sharp rise in cases in recent days.

This week, South Sudan’s Vice President  tested positive for coronavirus.

Gen. Hussein Abdelbagi became the fourth senior official known to have gotten infected.

Hussein is also the head of the country’s High-Level Taskforce on COVID-19, a body formed by President Salva Kiir to fight against the virus.

Meanwhile, Rwanda recorded 3 new cases from 1,766 samples tested, rising the national tally of 349.

Active cases still stand 104 and the number of recoveries stands at 245.

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Abitegeka Gerald

The News Editor ,Reporter at Kagadi Kibaale community Radio

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