OBSERVER 11 APR 2020
No new coronavirus cases have been registered in Uganda for the third day running. According to ministry of Health, all the 555 samples tested negative at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) in Entebbe.
The announcement coincides with the discharge of 4 patients who recovered from the virus including patient 0 (index patient) who was confirmed on March 21, 2020. Uganda’s confirmed cases stand at 53 with zero deaths. Active cases stand at 49.
Also, over 100 Ugandan returnees mostly from Dubai, UAE who’d been quarantined in Kikoni, Makerere have also been released after testing negative for COVID-19. They were issued with discharge certificates from the ministry of Health which also indicated completion of the 14-day quarantine and their status.
Globally, the number of infected persons is nearing 2 million. As of Saturday evening, the numbers stood at 1,771,019 infections worldwide with 108,320 deaths while 400,763 persons have recovered from the disease.
After posting 2028 deaths on Friday, the number of COVID-19 related deaths on Saturday in the USA stood at 1,698 (before completion of the day’s tally) and 25,683 new infections.
UK also once again posted deaths above 900. On Friday 980 people died while today at least 917 in the United Kingdom. Deaths in Spain dropped to 399 on Saturday down from 523 deaths registered on Friday. Italy also registered an increase in the number of deaths to 619 on Saturday after registering 570 deaths on Friday.
The numbers are not getting any better for hard-hit Algeria. Today it registered 64 new cases and 19 new deaths. On Friday the country registered 95 new cases and 21 new deaths. Ghana registered 30 new cases and 2 new deaths while Kenya’s confirmed cases rose to 191 after 2 new cases on Saturday. Rwanda also reported two new cases who were contacts of previously confirmed positive cases.
In total there were at least 72,184 new cases and 5,636 new deaths recorded on Saturday globally.