Uganda reports 295 new COVID-19 cases, total rises to 36,702

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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)

Uganda’s Ministry of Health on Wednesday reported 295 new confirmed coronavirus cases pushing the nationwide total to 36,702.

FILE PHOTO: A health worker 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)

The capital Kampala accounted for majority of the cases with 189 followed by Wakiso district with 38. Kampala and Wakiso are one of several areas in which the Electoral Commission banned political campaigns in the run-up to the January 14 election due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, 18 districts reported at least one confirmed case.

One Ugandan truck driver who came from South Sudan through Elegu also tested positive for COVID-19.

The ministry also reported four additional coronavirus-related deaths taking the death toll to 294 while the number of recoveries rose to 12,494 after 107 new recoveries were recorded.

A steady increase in COVID-19 cases in recent months in the East African country has been blamed on complacency by citizens and blatant violation of COVID-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Authorities have repeatedly urged the public to adhere to the existing health protocols but vowed to crack down on members of the public caught violating them.

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