A health worker disinfects tent where people's temperature are checked at China-Uganda Friendship Hospital in Kampala in Uganda, March 27, 2020. Uganda has registered four new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 18, according to the ministry of health. (Xinhua/Nicholas Kajoba)
A health worker disinfects tent where people's temperature are checked at China-Uganda Friendship Hospital in Kampala in Uganda, March 27, 2020. Uganda has registered four new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 18, according to the ministry of health. (Xinhua/Nicholas Kajoba)

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

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