Uganda on Saturday declared more than triple the new COVID-19 cases causing panic mainly in the capital Kampala.
The Minister of Health, Jane Ruth Aceng said the 318 new COVID-19 cases confirmed were from the samples taken on Friday.
Out of the 318 cases, 154 were from Amuru Prisons where 153 inmates and one prison staff have been infected.
Meanwhile 136 cases are from Contacts and Alerts in 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 Bugiri, Jinja-1, Luweero-1 Manafwa 1, Masindi 1 and Mityana 1
A total of Health workers have been infected including 9 from Kitgum, Kampala 6, Arua 2, Adjumani 1, Kiryandongo 1 and Luweero 1.
Eight Truck drivers were also found positive including Malaba 3, Busia 2, Mpondwe 1, Oraba 1, Madi Opei 1
Minister Aceng said Friday 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.
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.