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Saturday’s 16 new coronavirus infections push Uganda’s tally to 927 as govt makes u-turn on stranded nationals


July. 13, 2020

KAMPALA — The Ministry of Health says 16 people including 11 truck drivers have tested positive for coronavirus.
The cumulative total confirmed cases of Ugandans has 927 while recoveries are 868.
Of the 11 cases identified from truck drivers; 9 arrived via Malaba, 1 via Kerwa PoE in Yumbe District and 1 via Elegu.
Of the other five cases of contacts and alerts, 4 were identified from Amuru while one from Namisindwa Districts.
Additionally, 42 foreign truck drivers tested positive for COVID-19 at border points of entry and their entry into the country was not permitted.
To date, active cases on admission are 205 (173 are Ugandans, 25 foreigners and 7 refugees).
The government on Friday July 3 suspended the return of Ugandans who are stranded abroad, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
Foreign Affairs Ministry in a statement on Friday indicated the country will not handle any new returnees after July 4, 2020, after the quarantine facilities got congested.
Last months, June, the Ministry of Health gazetted 37 quarantine centres in Kampala and Entebbe that have a total capacity of 2,500 rooms.
It is estimated that around 1,500 returnees will be affected.
Those who will have to reschedule their travel are Ugandans from; North America, Qatar, UAE, China and Malaysia.
These were scheduled to arrive next week.
Ambassador Patrick Mugoya, the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, says that the return of Ugandans will resume after health officials have attended to those in quarantine centres.
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