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Uganda registers 2 more Covid deaths, 155 cases



Uganda has registered two more Covid-19 deaths and 155 new cases according to the Health ministry. 

The deceased include a 58-year-old male from Mbale district and another 59-year-old from Kapchorwa district in eastern Uganda. 

According to the statement, 9 of the new cases are health workers picked from Kampala, Wakiso and Jinja districts while 140 are alerts and 39 contacts picked from different communities.  

Five are truck drivers from different border points of entry and one returnee from the United Arab Emirates. There are currently 1,411 Covid-19 patients undergoing treatment in different facilities across the country. 

Uganda has cumulatively registered 2,679 cases, 1,268 recoveries and 28 deaths. Globally, there are 24 million confirmed cases with 830,000 deaths while 17 million have recovered.

In East Africa, Kenya has 33,389 confirmed cases and 567 deaths, Ethiopia has 46,407 confirmed cases and 745 deaths. In Madagascar, there are 14,592 confirmed cases and 184 death. Rwanda’s cases currently stand at 3,625 cases and 15 deaths, Somalia 3,275 cases and 95 deaths, South Sudan 2,514 cases and 47 deaths.

In Africa, only Eritrea with 315 cases and Seychelles 136 cases are the only countries without any coronavirus deaths. 

Munezero beverages factory in Kasese district has been closed for two weeks after the factory driver tested for Covid-19 last week.  

The driver is currently undergoing treatment at Fort Portal regional referral hospital. Kasese resident district commissioner (RDC), Lt. Joe Walusimbi, who also heads the Covid-19 task force, says they received a directive from the Health minister Jane Ruth Aceng to close the Kilembe based factory for 14 days. According to Walusimbi, they have drawn the samples of the remaining 120 factory workers and sent them into self-quarantine. 

Kasese district health officer, Dr Yusuf Baseke, says the decision to close the factory is meant to protect the factory employees as well as the people living with them. He says the district has also stepped up surveillance to interrupt the spread of the pandemic.        

None of the factory managers was willing to comment when approached by our reporter. Kasese has registered 11 Covid-19 positive cases.

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