Uganda reports COVID-19 cases up to 81

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FILE PHOTO: A woman hawks merchandise past transit trucks at Mpondwe border that separates Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, in Mpondwe, Uganda, June 14, 2019. REUTERS/James Akena/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: A woman hawks merchandise past transit trucks at Mpondwe border that separates Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, in Mpondwe, Uganda, June 14, 2019. Cross-border truck drivers have been a major area of focus in Uganda’s fight against the spread of COVID-19. REUTERS/James Akena/File Photo

Two people, including a Burundian refugee, tested positive for COVID-19 in Uganda, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 81, the health ministry said here late Wednesday.

The ministry said in a statement that after testing 2,002 samples, a 21-year-old Burundian refugee and a 24-year-old Ugandan were positive for the virus.

They are contacts of the earlier infection involving a Burundian refugee who traveled from neighboring Tanzania.

The two new patients are under quarantine at Rakai Hospital in the central border district of Rakai.

A total of 1,703 samples from cross-border truck drivers tested negative for the deadly respiratory disease.

Uganda on Tuesday launched a rapid assessment of the prevalence of COVID-19 in communities, targeting high-risk populations.

The survey will determine the next step the country would take when the 35-day lockdown ends on May 5. So far a total of 52 patients have recovered in the country.

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