Uganda’s Ministry of Health reported on Tuesday 31 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total confirmed number of infections to 253.
Out of 1,116 samples collected from cross-border cargo truck drivers, community and contacts under quarantine, 23 Ugandan drivers and 8 contacts of previously confirmed cases, tested positive for the virus, said the ministry in a statement.
“Twenty-three new cases are from the points of entry while 8 new cases are contacts to previously confirmed truck drivers. The contacts were under quarantine at the time of test,” said the statement.
A total of 20 foreign truck drivers, 16 Tanzanians and 4 Kenyans who tested positive for COVID-19 at Uganda’s common borders were handed over to their countries of origin, it said.
Out of the 253 COVID-19 cases, 69 have recovered and no one has died of the respiratory disease in the country, according to the ministry of health.
Uganda on Tuesday started a phased opening as it eased more restrictions imposed in March to contain the COVID-19 pandemic in the east African country.
Private transport, shops, hotels and restaurants resumed operations with strict observation of social distancing guidelines and wearing face masks. Enditem