Community infections surge on Sunday, more returnees from DRC, South Africa test positive for coronavirus

12 new COVID-19 cases confirmed on Sunday July 05 — extending cumulative total infections of Ugandans 939.

The cases include 3 returnees South Africa (1) and DRC (2). This means, 16 of the returnees have so far tested positive for COVID-19.

The ministry of health also identified 7 coronavirus community cases from Amuru.

Two Ugandan truck drivers from Malaba and Mutukula also tested positive

Additionally, 11 foreign truck drivers tested positive for COVID-19 at the border points of entry and their entry into the country was not permitted, the ministry has indicated.

Todate, active cases on admission have reached 197 (167 Ugandans,25 foreigners and 5 refugees) while total recoveries are now at 891 including both Ugandans and non nationals.

The government has on Friday July 3 suspended the return of Ugandans who are stranded abroad, Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said.

Foreign Affairs Ministry in a statement on Friday indicated the country will not handle any new returnees after July 4, 2020, after the quarantine facilities got congested.

At the start of the return process of Ugandans and residents, the ministry of health had planned to have a total of 300 Ugandans return every two weeks.

However, in a space of one week, more than 300 people have returned and filled up the quarantine centres.

All returnees will have to undergo mandatory institutional quarantine for two weeks.

Those that have already returned are from South Africa, Turkey, India, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Italy and the United Arab Emirates. Tomorrow Ugandans in New Dehli, India are expected to return.

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Abitegeka Gerald

The News Editor ,Reporter at Kagadi Kibaale community Radio

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