Uganda’s government blocked entry of 38 truck drivers who tested positive for coronavirus at different border posts, bringing the total number of drivers who were sent back to 206 this week, Uganda’s Ministry of Health confirmed.
On Saturday, the country’s tally rose to 198 as 23 individuals tested positive for the pandemic. The new cases were part of the tested 1,187 samples from the border points and the Uganda Virus Research Institute.
According to the Ministry of Health in the territory,19 of the new cases are Ugandan truck drivers who entered the country through the Elegu and Busia border points as the rest are from within the community. Uganda has not recorded any fatality so far.
“Total samples tested today are 1,187, a total of 851 of these are samples from points of entry while 336 are community and contacts,” stated the ministry on one of the social media platforms.
This comes after African continent tally hits over 100,000 with more than 3,500 fatalities. Egypt is ranked second with over 15,000 cases after South Africa that has over 20,000 cases. Nevertheless, Lesotho and Seychelles have the lowest number of cases, one and 11 respectively.
Earlier this year, WHO estimated that more than 190, 0000 COVID-19 deaths could be recorded in Africa with the first year of battling the disease.
The WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti argued that even if the number of cases has risen to 100,000 in Africa, there is still hope that effects of the disease on the continent might not be as dire as earlier predicted.
“For now COVID-19 has made a soft landfall in Africa, and the continent has been spared the high numbers of deaths which have devastated other regions of the world. It is possible our youth dividend is paying off and leading to fewer deaths,” he stated.