KAMPALA – Health Ministry says 40 new coronavirus cases have been reported in a single day, extending Uganda’s tally to 457.
Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng released the figures on Monday afternoon.
She noted the increase marked a big jump in the months since the first case came to their attention.
This is one of the highest numbers recorded a single day ever since the first case.
Out of this number 23 are from South Sudan via Elegu border while 17 are from contacts to previously confirmed truck drivers.
Additionally, 31 truck drivers tested positive and were handed back to their respective countries of origin.
Currently there 303 admitted cases in 15 Referral Hospitals in the country.
Ministry says all cases are in stable condition and admitted to Entebbe Grade B and Mulago National Specialised Hospitals
Uganda shares a border with South Sudan, which at last count had 994 recorded cases and 10 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University’s coronavirus tracking site.
While some countries are relaxing coronavirus restrictions, the Uganda government has maintained measures designed to stop the spread of the virus.
Authorities continue to enforce a nationwide nighttime curfew and restrictions on public gatherings and transportation.
Most Ugandan, however, rely on a daily wage in markets or through manual labor, and most are still going to work, despite the dangers of the virus.
The Johns Hopkins University tracking site says Uganda currently has close to 457 confirmed cases with 0 deaths. Health officials say to date, 72 people have recovered from the infection.