Uganda's COVID-19 recoveries rise to 420 as Global cases surpass 8M

  • Ramadhan Atukwase
  • June 17, 2020
  • Health

Uganda. More 69 COVID-19 people have been discharged from Ugandan hospitals after recovering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The number of recoveries has now increased to 420 while the number of confirmed has increased to 732. A further 8 people tested positive from the 2,526 samples tested yesterday. 

The new cases include four cross border truckers who entered the country from Kenya via Malaba and South Sudan from Elegu point of entry.

The other four cases were alerts and contacts from Kampala (2), Moyo, and Kasese districts. The case in Kasese had just crossed into Uganda from the Democratic Republic of Congo, through a porous border according to the ministry of Health. 

"The male entered through porous borders and so far we have managed to track the case and the person has been put under isolation where he is undergoing treatment," Dr. Henry Mwebesa, the director-general of health services said.

At the moment, Uganda has 312 active patients who are undergoing treatment at 12 treatment centers across the country. Uganda has been using a combination of hydroxychloroquine and antibiotics to treat its patients, who have however been classified as mild.

 

Globally, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise. The past week saw the most significant increase in cases yet seen, with an average of more than 130,000 identified cases per day. In total, there have been more than 8.2 million confirmed cases, along with more than 444,000 deaths. Recently, burgeoning outbreaks in South America and South Asia have fueled the increase in new cases.

In the United States, there is a fear that states with previously low case numbers, or that have begun to re-open, are experiencing increases again. At least seven states have daily confirmed case numbers that are at least 100% higher than they were two weeks ago. Meantime, China is battling an outbreak in Beijing that is igniting fears of a second wave in that country. The Chinese government has taken drastic measures in recent days to control the outbreak, including fencing off neighborhoods, creating security checkpoints outside residential compounds, banning travel for close contacts of infected individuals, and enforcing quarantine for those leaving the area.

 

 

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