By Frank Kamuntu
Kampala: The Ministry of Health has on Tuesday reported 65 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections to 3,037 since March 21.
The country has also registered a total of 1,489 recoveries and 32 deaths since the index case was reported on March 21.
The breakdown of the 65 new COVID-19 cases is: Contacts and alerts (62): Kampala-20, Kikuube-10, Luweero-8, Buikwe-4, Zombo-4, Adjumani -3, Arua 3, Hoima- 3, Wakiso 2, Jinja-1, Mbarara -1, Mayuge – 1, Pallisa -1, Yumbe-1.
While truck drivers (2) from different points of entry included; Padea-1, Lia -1 Health worker (01) from Kampala.
Results of COVID-19 tests done on 31 August,2020 confirm 65 new cases.
This brings the cumulative confirmed cases of Ugandans to 3,037.
— Ministry of Health- Uganda (@MinofHealthUG) September 1, 2020
In the same vein, two (2) foreign truck drivers (1 Kenyan and 1 Congolese) tested positive for COVID-19 at different points of entry and were not permitted to enter the country.
These come at a time when US has surpassed six million cases of COVID-19 – almost a quarter of the world’s total, according to data collated by Johns Hopkins University.
It said the country added one million new infections in less than a month. More than 183,000 people have now died.
In the UK, France and Spain, the infection rate dropped compared with Sunday’s figures – but the tallies may be readjusted later on.
It comes as children across Europe prepare to return to schools this week.
The total number of confirmed cases globally has now surpassed 25 million, with more than 846,000 Covid-19 related deaths. The true number of cases is likely to be significantly higher, because many people who have had the infection but did not show symptoms have not been tested.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the emergency authorisation of vaccines requires a “great deal of seriousness and reflection”.
The UN body’s chief scientist, Soumya Swaminathan, said every country had the right to approve drugs without full trials, but it was “not something that you do lightly”.
The WHO says that 33 potential vaccines are currently up for clinical trials, and a further 143 are in pre-clinical evaluation.