COVID-19 Update

Uganda registers highest COVID-19 cases in a day, deaths surpass 400

The Ministry of Health has reported that 1,438 new Coronavirus cases were confirmed on Thursday posting a highest number of Covid-19 infections ever recorded in a single day.

These cases were results from tests carried out on June 8, 2021. The figure brings the cumulative confirmed cases to 56,949, which puts the country at a stake as the second wave of the deadly virus continues to ravage the economy of Uganda.

The breakdown of the new cases are, Kampala 852, Wakiso 124, Masaka 68, Mbarara (75) Gulu (47) Mukono (24), Iganga (24), Bushenyi (20), Rukungiri (18), Kiryandongo (16), Kabale (16), Butaleja (16), Busia (13), Tororo (13), Kazo (8), Zombo (8), Jinja (8), Mukono (6), Bugiri (7).

Others included Luwero (6), Hoima (6), Nebbi (5), Pader (5), Buvuma (5), Moyo (5), Kiboga (4), Omoro (4), Nakaseke (3), Kalaki (2), Soroti (2), Moroto (2), Buikwe (2), Amuru (6), Kyegegwa (2), Mbale (2), Kotido (2), Kyotera (3), Yumbe (1), Namisindwa (1), Sheema (1), Kyankwanzi (1) and Nwoya (1).

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Four Truck Drivers also tested positive with Mutukula having 3 and Elegu 1.

The highest figure recorded by the Ministry of Health comes four days after President Yoweri Museveni re-imposed a strict lockdown that saw the closure of schools and the suspension of inter-district travel from Thursday to help curb the spread of covid-19.

Museveni who spoke on Sunday noted that the new wave was more severe and critical than the first wave. He urged Ugandans to adhere to the Ministry of Health guidelines and ensure they wash their hands, wear masks, keep a social distance, avoid crowded places and unnecessary travel, among other moves.

He also warned that if the measures put in place don’t have the impact intended, he would totally lock down the country.

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