Uganda reports 37 new COVID-19 cases as total edges towards 40,000

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Travellers queue to buy bus tickets while adhering to social distancing measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus at the Namirembe Bus Park in Kampala, Uganda, on June 04, 2020, the first day of re-opening public transport. - The President of Uganda Yoweri Museveni announced to lift the suspension of public transport which has been suspended since March 22, 2020, but all borders still remain closed except for limited goods and authorised emergency flights. (Photo by Badru KATUMBA / AFP) (Photo by BADRU KATUMBA/AFP via Getty Images)

Uganda’s Ministry of Health on Friday reported 37 new confirmed COVID-19 cases pushing the total to 39,979.

Travellers queue to buy bus tickets while adhering to social distancing measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus at a bus park in Kampala, Uganda. (Photo by BADRU KATUMBA/AFP via Getty Images)

The capital Kampala reported the highest proportion of new cases with 18 while seven other districts accounted for the remaining 17 cases among “contacts and alerts”.

Two Ugandan truck drivers who came from South Sudan through Elegu point of entry also tested positive for COVID-19.

The figures continued the recent trend where the East African country has reported fewer than 70 new daily cases since January 28, according to figures from the ministry. Since then, the ministry has reported a total of 555 new cases up to Friday.

Towards the close of last year and early this year when Uganda reported a steady increase in the number of cases with the ministry blaming the phenomenon on complacency by citizens and persistent violation of existing health protocols.

The ministry also reported no additional COVID-19-related deaths leaving the death toll at 328 while the number of recoveries rose by 50 to stand at 14,520.

Uganda is one of several African countries slated to receive COVID-19 vaccines before the end of February, according to a report released on Wednesday by COVAX and the World Health Organization.

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