8 Ugandans test positive for coronavirus as infections reach 665 on Wednesday

From Agencies,

The Ministry of Health has confirmed 8 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday June 10 from 2423 samples tested on Tuesday June 9.

The new infections push Uganda’s cumulative total 665 confirmed cases.

Dr. Henry Mwebesa, the Director General Services at the Healthy Ministry says four of the cases were among the 1,388 samples tested from points of entry while four were among 1,035 of alerts and contacts.

Three of the confirmed cases, he says are truck drivers who arrived from South Sudan via Elegu point of entry while the other arrived from Tanzania via Mutukula.

“Four of the 8 are contacts and alerts to previously confirmed cases,” he notes, adding that infections include two from Kyotera, Kayunga (1) and Amuru (1) districts.

“All cases are Ugandans. The total number of cases in Uganda are now 665,” he adds in a statement on Wednesday June 10.

Additionally, he says, thirty 31 foreign truck drivers (16 Kenyans, 8 Tanzanians, 5 Eritreans, 1 Burundian and one South Sudan) who tested positive for coronavirus were handed over to their respective countries of origin.

To date, Uganda has registered a total of 119 coronavirus recoveries and no COVID-19 related death recorded.

Meanwhile, Kitgum District has run out of coronavirus sample collection kits.

This comes just a few days after the District health officials collected swab samples from over 50 contacts of a 34-year-old resident of Pandwong division who tested positive for COVID-19.

Kitgum Resident District Commissioner William Komakech told local media that an additional 21 sample collection kits that were delivered from Gulu Regional Referral Hospital over the weekend are used up.

The district had by last week run out of the collection kits but received emergency supplies from Gulu to extract swab samples from high risks contacts of the positive patient.

“As I speak now, the COVID-19 sample collecting kits we got from Gulu Regional Referral Hospital is finished; we don’t have any left in store,” Komakech told URN in an interview.

He added that the lack of the kits greatly affects services of the surveillance team that is on the ground tracing contacts the positive patient that need immediate testing to ascertain their health status.

According to Komakech, the health team has already written to the Health Ministry requesting for 60 sample collecting kits to enable the task-force team to effectively collect samples from all contacts and suspects they are tracing.

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