Uganda reports fifth COVID-19 death,as cases surpass 1200 mark

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FILE PHOTO: Uganda’s Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng looks on during the commissioning of the 1st Port Health laboratory in Uganda. COURTESY: TWITTER/Ministry of Health Uganda
FILE PHOTO: Uganda’s Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng looks on during the commissioning of the 1st Port Health laboratory in Uganda. COURTESY: TWITTER/Ministry of Health Uganda

Uganda’s health ministry on Tuesday reported eight new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the East African country to 1,203.

Through a statement by the ministry, the 1,765 samples collected over the past 24 hours, four Ugandan cross-border truck drivers, two alerts, one contact, and a returnee from abroad tested positive for the virus.

Additionally, 12 foreign truck drivers who tested positive for COVID-19 at Uganda’s common border points of entry were not permitted into the country.

According to the ministry, the country has a total of 1,073 recoveries and five deaths since the index case was reported on March 21.

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