The cumulative number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Uganda has hit 2,166. This follows today’s increase in the number of cases by 318 which is the country’s highest number of cases in a single day.
Among today’s cases, Amuru prison has registered the highest number of COVID-19 cases with 153 inmates and one staff testing positive.
The other cases include; 136 alerts and contacts, 20 health workers, and eight truck drivers.
Of the contacts and alerts that tested COVID-19 positive, Kampala has 65, Kiryandongo has 14, Gulu has 9, Mbarara has 9, Kitgum has 8, Arua has 8, Wakiso has 7, Mbale has 4, Buikwehas 4 and Masaka has 2 while the remaining five cases are from Bugiri, Jinja, Luweero, Manafwa, Masindi, Mityana.
The 20 health workers that have tested positive for coronavirus include; 9 from Kitgum, 6 from Kampala, 2 from Arua. The other health workers are from Adjumani, Kiryandongo, and Luweero.
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Meanwhile, the country has registered the 20th COVID-19 death. The victim is a 49-year-old male from Mbale District,
“Currently, the Kampala Metropolitan Area has the highest numbers of community transmission. A cumulative total of 540 COVID-19 cases have been reported in Kampala since the 23rd March. Of these, 342 cases were registered within the last one week. In addition, from 15th August to 21st August 2020 including 5 COVID-19 deaths,” the Minister of Health, Jane Ruth Aceng said while releasing the results.
“Several institutions including; Malaysia Furnishing, Royal Pharma, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, IGG, KCCA, Toyota, NRM Secretariat, Eagle Holdings, Megha Industries, media houses (New Vision, NBS, NTV, BBS) and other private hospitals have reported clusters,” she added.
“This highlights the need to ensure that workplaces strictly observe the Standard Operating Procedures. In addition, and Infection, Prevention, and Control measures to limit the spread of COVID-19,” she said.