KAMPALA – The Ministry of Health has confirmed 143 coronavirus cases from tests done on Tuesday, September 15, 2020.
This brings the total confirmed cases of Ugandans to 5,206.
According to MOH, 135 cases are alerts and contacts of previously confimed cases.
“Kampala (66), Buikwe (15), Lira (14), Mbale (7), Tororo (7), Soroti (5), Bundibugyo (3), Buvuma (3), Kiryandongo (8), Wakiso (2), Arya (1), Masaka (3) and Zombo (1),” reads a statement from MOH.
The ministry further revealed that 8 returnees with 4 from Oman, One from India, one from Senegal, one from UK and one from Ethiopia were infected with the coronavirus.
Uganda has also registered two COVID-19 deaths from Mbale and Soroti.
This rises the death toll to 60 while 2,404 people have recovered from COVID-19.
The ministry has launched the randomized clinical trial for use of COVID-19 convalescent plasma (CCP) for treatment of COVID-19 in Uganda.
Jane Ruth Aceng, the minister of health said during the launch that the commencement of the trial will determine the efficacy of convalescent plasma in treating COVID-19.
A total of 162 COVID-19 convalescent plasma units have been collected. This, according to the ministry can be used to treat 65 patients.
Convalescent plasma is plasma from individuals who have recovered from an infection and it may contain antibodies against that infection.
“We are at phase IV of the outbreak. This means we have widespread community transmission. All our efforts are geared towards mitigation and use of CCP is one part of our strategies” Dr Aceng said while launching the clinical trials.