By Spy Uganda
Kampala: The Ministry of Health has confirmed 13 new COVID-19 cases from samples tested on 07 August, 2020 rising total cumulative confirmed cases to 1,267, 6 death and 1,115 recoveries.
Among the new infections include 1 truck driver who arrived via Ngomoromo, Lamwo, 3 contacts to previously confirmed cases that included 1 from Kampala,1 from Nakaseke and 1 from Ngora.
Others are 6 alerts that include 2 from Kampala, 1 from Kisoro, 1 from Sheema, and 2 from Wakiso.
Regarding the 3 Returnees, 2 arrived from South Sudan, and 1 from DRC.
Meanwhile, 19 foreign truck drivers tested positive for COVID-19 at the border points of entry and their entry into the country was not permitted.
In the same vein, Ministry of Health tested 1,398 samples from various points of entry tested, 1,298 samples from alerts and contacts making 2,696 total samples tested the whole day.
These come at a time when the global fatality count passed the 700,000 mark while in Africa, cases have passed 1 million mark, and the WHO on 6th, August, 2020 announced it was sending a surge team to South Africa. In a statement, it said the first part of a 43-member multidisciplinary expert team is due to arrive today.
The deployment came after discussions with South Africa’s health ministry. The team will observe how South Africa’s health department is supporting state COVID-19 activities and then focus on supporting efforts in four of the most affected states: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, Kwazulu Natal, and Mpumalanga.
South Africa has the world’s fifth-highest surge of the virus. The country’s health minister said that cases in Gauteng, Western Cape, and Eastern Cape have slowed some in recent weeks, but it’s too soon to say if the country has reached its peak.