KAMPALA – The Ministry of Health has confirmed 214 coronavirus cases from tests done on Thursday, September 17, 2020.
This according to the ministry rises the confirmed cases to 5,594.
Part of the new cases are 212 alerts and contacts from previously confirmed cases.
“Pader (58), Kampala (38), Butaleja (36), Lamwo (16), Mbale (12), Jinja (10), Gulu (8), Arua (7), Kapchorwa(6), Soroti (3), Wakiso (3), Kween (2), Omoro (2), Adjumani (2), Alebtong(1), Amuru(1), Bukwo(1), Busia (1), Dokolo (1), Masaka (1), Masindi (1) and Kikuube(1),” reads a statement in part.
Additionally, one truck driver who arrived from Elegu and one returnee from Rwanda tested positive for coronavirus.
Uganda has also registered one coronavirus death from Kampala.
This brings the death toll to 61 while 2,544 have recovered from COVID-19.
Earlier this week, the ministry of health launched the randomized clinical trial for use of COVID-19 convalescent plasma (CCP) for the 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.