Uganda revises 264 COVID-19 cases down to 145 following President Museveni’s directive

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Kampala, Uganda | URN | Uganda has revised downwards its coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases from 264 to 145.

The new figure even includes the 10 new coronavirus cases confirmed from 1,497 samples tested today (9 truck drivers and one is a community case).

The new figure arises out the deduction of previously included foreign truck driver cases. Ministry of Health says they were directed by President Yoweri Museveni to revise the figures.

On Wednesday another 11 foreign drivers tested positive and were returned back to their respective countries. To date, according to Ministry of Health, 124 foreign truck drivers have been returned back to their respective countries.

In the East African region, Kenya’s coronavirus cases rose by 66 to 1,029 cases. The new cases include 64 Kenyans, one Rwandan and one Somali national. The number of recovered patients rose to 366 after another 8 patients recovered and got discharged from the hospital.

Rwanda’s cases have risen to 314 after 6 new cases were registered from the 982 samples tested on Wednesday 20th. The country also registered 7 more recoveries (total 216).

No updates have come from Tanzania whose confirmed cases still stand at 509 and 21 deaths. The active cases stand 183 but the government of President John Pombe Magufuli has been accused of concealing the true extent of coronavirus impact in the country.

Burundi which went to polls on Wednesday 20th, still has its cases at 42 while South Sudan’s cases stand at 290 with 4 recoveries.

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Africa’s most infected country, South Africa recorded 27 new deaths (339 total) on Wednesday and 803 new cases. In Egypt, there were 21 new deaths and 745 new cases. Algeria registered 7 new deaths and 165 new cases. Madagascar registered 45 new cases.

Globally, 5,057,280 people have been infected as of May 20 while 328,194 have died and 2,008,283 have recovered from the disease.