Uganda’s total number of Covid-19 cases exceeds 17,000

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ELEGU, UGANDA - 2020/05/28: A health worker dressed in a protective suit as a preventive measure collects swab samples from a truck driver to be tested for coronavirus at the Elegu border point. He will have to wait days for the result. Uganda closed its borders in March to everyone except cargo planes and truck drivers. (Photo by Sally Hayden/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: A health worker dressed in a protective suit collects swab samples from a truck driver to be tested for coronavirus at the Elegu border point. (Photo by Sally Hayden/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Uganda’s cumulative number of coronavirus cases went past the 17,000 mark on Thursday after the Ministry of Health reported 243 new confirmed cases raising the figure to 17,148.

All of the new cases were reported from contacts and alerts with the capital, Kampala, registering the highest number of cases with 187, followed by Wakiso (14) and Masaka (10).

The ministry also reported one new COVID-19 death registered in Iganga taking the total number of COVID-19 deaths to 158.

32 more recoveries by patients also saw the total number of recoveries rise to 8,426.

Uganda has reported at least 180 new confirmed coronavirus cases every day for the last seven days. Despite recording a steady increase in cases in the last few weeks, the ministry recently announced an easing of restrictions designed to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The restrictions saw an increase in the number of people allowed to attend mass gatherings for prayers, political rallies, meetings and weddings, and the reopening of cinemas, gyms, massage parlors and mobile markets.

Casinos and gaming outlets were also be allowed to resume operations while bars and discotheques remained closed.

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