KAMPALA — The Ministry of Health has confirmed 8 new COVID-19 cases.
The new cases have since extended Uganda’s cumulative total to 805, while recoveries have reached 717.
The new coronavirus cases include only two community infections and 6 truck drivers from Points of Entry including 3 from Mutukula, 2 at Elegu, and 1 from Malaba border points.
The two community infections were identified from Amuru and Kyotera Districts
Additionally, 14 foreign truck drivers who tested positive for COVID-19 were repatriated to their respective country of origin.
Relatedly, the first batch of 2,393 Ugandans who have been stranded abroad due to Covid-19 returned home on Tuesday afternoon.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Henry Okello Oryem was at hand to welcome the plane that touched down at Entebbe International Airport with 32 Ugandans who came from Khartoum, Sudan.
The minister revealed that another flight had brought in more Ugandans from Turkey on Monday while another one from Netherlands was expected later on Tuesday evening.
“Starting this week, we expect to receive flights from Southern Africa with about 70 Ugandans, from the UAE approximately 200, from Afghanistan with approximately 108, USA about 134, and about 120 from India,” he said.
“A plan has been made to allow the return of an average of 300 persons every fortnight because our facilities cannot handle such a big number at once, after the 14 days quarantine we let them go and allow another 300 come back by that time the facilities will have been sanitised and safe,” he said.
Mr Oryem said all returnees pay for their transport back home and will be subjected to mandatory testing and quarantine upon arrival.