Uganda has registered the highest number COVID-19 cases at 318 in a single day.
Of the confirmed cases,154 are from Amuru prisons including 153 inmates and 1 prison staff well as 20 are health workers including 9 from Kitgum, 6 from Kampala , 2 from Arua , 1 from Adjumani, 1from Kiryandongo, and 1from Luweero.
Other cases include 136 Contacts and Alerts, 65 of whom are from Kampala, 14 from Kiryandongo, 9 from Gulu, 9 from Mbarara, 8 from Kitgum, 8 from Arua, 7 from Wakiso, 4 from Mbale, 4 from Buikwe, 2 from Masaka, 1 from Bugiri, 1 from Jinja, 1 from Luweero, 1 from Manafwa, 1 from Masindi, and 1 from Mityana 1.
Relatedly the ministry 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 cumulative number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Uganda is 2,166
The minister of health Uganda Dr. Jane Ruth Acheng has pointed out that 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.” she noted.
“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.” Dr. Acheng added.
Regarding the COVID19 cases at Amuru prison, Dr Acheng noted that last week, one of the prisoners at Amuru prisons presented with COVID-19 like signs and symptoms.
“Response teams on the ground immediately investigated and isolated this case and listed a total of 20 contacts, of which one turned positive for COVID-19.The confirmed inmate was admitted at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital and has since recovered and been discharged.” she said.
Dr Acheng adds that the Ministry of Health undertook further investigations in Amuru Prisons. Out of the 205 inmates, 153 inmates tested positive. Out of the 28 prison staff, 1 tested positive for COVID-19.
“The Ministry working with Uganda Prisons Services has since relocated all the confirmed 152 inmates to Gulu Central Prison which is acting as an auxiliary isolation facility.The prison staff is admitted in Gulu Regional Referral Hospital.The inmates are currently being attended to by a combined team from Mulago National Referral Hospital and Gulu RRH supporting the Uganda Prisons Services health team for appropriate management.”The minister said.