Uganda has August 22, 2020 registered the highest number COVID-19 cases at 318 in a single day.
Among these, were 153 prisoners and a staff from Amuru Prisons, Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said.
Contacts and Alerts constituted 136 with Kampala walking away with a lionshare of 65 cases. Kiryandongo (14), Gulu(9), Mbarara(9), Kitgum(8),Arua(8) and Wakiso(7) followed in decending order.
Others came from Mbale(4), Buikwe(4), and Masaka(2).
Bugiri, Jinja, Luweero, Manafwa, Masindi and Mityana all registered at least a case each.
The Ministry of Health also said 20 Health workers tested positive for Covid-19. They came from Kitgum ( 9), Kampala ( 6) and Arua (2) Also, Adjumani, Kiryandongo and Luweero registered a health worker who was found positive.
According to Dr. Aceng, eight (8) truck drivers also tested positive for the virus. They were found at the border entrances of Malaba (3), Busia ( 2), Mpondwe (1), Oraba (1), and Madi Opei (1 ).
“We also recorded one (1) COVID-19 death, a 49 year old male from Mbale District, bringing the total cumulative COVID-19 deaths to 20,” The Minister announced while addressing the media on Saturday. The cumulative number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Uganda is now 2,166.
Currently, Kampala Metropolitan Area has the highest numbers of community transmission.
“A cumulative total of 540 COVID-19 cases have been reported in Kampala since the 23rd March. Of these, 342 cases were registered within the last one week, from 15th August to 21st August 2020 including 5 COVID-19 deaths,” Dr. Aceng added.
Meanwhile, several institutions including; Malaysia Furnishing, Royal Pharma, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, IGG,KCCA, Toyota, NRM Secretariat, Eagle Holdings,Megha Industries, media houses (New Vision, NBS,NTV,BBS) and other private hospitals have reported clusters according to information gathered from the Ministry of Health.
“This highlights the need to ensure that workplaces strictly observe the Standard Operating Procedures and Infection, Prevention and Control measures to limit the spread of COVID-19,” the Ministry said.