Six contacts of the first CoVID-19 death in Namisindwa district have tested positive for COVID-19.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Health, another Ugandan of Indian origin and a resident of Kibuli in Kampala tested positive for the novel coronavirus and was a contact to the latest death that was the country’s fifth.
Ten people tested positive on Wednesday. Of these, three were Ugandan truck drivers. Two of the drivers arrived in the country from Kenya through Malaba and one from South Sudan through the border at Elegu.
The new cases take the country’s tally to 1,223. Uganda has so far registered 1,102 recoveries and five fatalities.
288,367 tests have been conducted since March when the country embarked on testing at various laboratories around the country.
The average 3,000 number of people tested per day is set to increase with plans to accredit more laboratories to start conducting tests. For instance, the Uganda Cancer Institute will this month start testing all the patients who seek care at the facility.Last week, the Minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng announced that three more laboratories had been contractes to offer covid-19 tests to those that can pay at the selected private facilities in Kampala including at Medipal hospital, MBN and Lancet Laboratories.