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Uganda’s COVID-19 Cases Rise To 870 As World Death Toll Hits 500,000

By Keefa Nuwahereza

The Ministry of Health has announced that the number of cumulative Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Uganda has risen to 870, after results from samples tested on  June 28th, 2020 confirmed 11 new COVID-19 cases, who are all Ugandans.

Officials from the Ministry revealed that 4 of the confirmed cases are among 1,784 cases tested from Points of Entry, while 7 are among 546 samples of alerts and contacts and that  the Total COVID-19 recoveries are  808.

Statement from the Ministry of Health announcing the new cases of COVID-19 in Uganda

It was also revealed in a statement from the Ministry that  Uganda currently has 190 active cases on admission and to date, no COVID-19 related death has been recorded in the country.

In addition, a total of 34 foreign truck drivers (26 Kenyans, 5 Tanzanians, 1 Burundian, 1 Eritrean and 1 Somali) tested positive for COVID-19 and were handed over to their respective country of origin.

Meanwhile, according to information from the Johns Hopkins University,  more than 500,000 have so far died  worldwide from coronavirus.

The United States has most recorded deaths, with new cases surging amid growing concern the outbreak could spiral out of control.

Global coronavirus cases now exceed 10 million and more than half a million people have died from the respiratory disease, according to Johns Hopkins University. The United States accounts for about a quarter of all deaths.

The US health secretary Alex Azar has warned the “window is closing” for decisive action to curb the virus as cases there surge.

The Australian state of Victoria has found 75 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours – the highest daily count in two months. Its top health official says the number is “absolutely concerning”.

Pakistan’s COVID-19 cases have passed the 200,000 mark after 3,602 new infections were reported on Sunday.

India has reported a new daily record of nearly 20,000 new infections as several Indian states reimpose partial or full lockdowns to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

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