Uganda's has recorded its highest daily confirmed coronavirus cases tally thus far after 84 cases tested positive on Saturday. The total caseload has now risen to 413.
The new cases include 52 Ugandan truckers, 50 of whom entered the country from South Sudan via Elegu and two who arrived from Kenya via Malaba. A further 32 contacts to previously confirmed cases and were under quarantine also tested positive.
The new cases were confirmed from 1,835 samples tested. The total number of recoveries still stands at 72. The 51 foreign truckers who tested positive were denied entry and were handed over to their respective countries.
Meanwhile, Rwanda on Saturday recorded its first coronavirus related death after a 65-year-old truck driver passed away at the specialised Covid-19 facility in Kigali.
The cargo trucker, who, according to Rwanda's ministry of Health, was residing in an unnamed neighbouring country but opted to return to Rwanda after developing serious respiratory complications.
Further, another 4 positive cases were confirmed from the 1,368 samples tested on Saturday - rising the national total caseload to 359. Three more patients recovered from the coronavirus disease. The total number of recoveries now stands at 250.
Kenya, on Saturday, registered 143 new cases from 2,959 samples tested spread across Kenya. Kenya’s total caseload has now increased to 1888.
The newest cases are spread across Kenya with 86 of the cases confirmed from Nairobi while 25 were confirmed from Mombasa, 11 from Uasin Gishu, 2 from Busia. Others were confirmed from Malaba, Kiambu among others.
The new cases consist of 110 males and 33 females. The youngest of the victim is a one-month-old baby while the eldest is an 88-year-old.
Meanwhile, the coronavirus fatalities in Kenya rose to 63 after one more patient, a 59-year-old male died on Saturday while 26 more people were discharged, rising the number of recovered patients to 464.
Kenya's government estimates that coronavirus pandemic and the resultant pandemic has led to loss of at least 300,000 direct jobs - affecting about 3 million families.
Overall, 126 people died while some 5,295 got infected in Africa on Saturday. Below is the summary of new deaths and infections submitted by African countries at the time of publication.
South Africa registered 32 new deaths (total 643) and 1,727 new cases (total 30,967). Eswatini registered 4 new cases, raising its national total to 283. Malawi registered 6 new cases (total 279) while Mozambique recorded 10 new cases (total 244). Zimbabwe had 11 new cases (total 160) while Angola registered 3 new cases (total 84).
Sudan registered 29 new deaths (total 262) and 279 new cases (total 4,800). Djibouti recorded two new deaths (total 22) and 280 new infections (total 3,194).
In DR Congo there 133 new confirmed infections (total 2,966) while Somalia registered one new death (total 73) and 88 new cases (total 1,916). Ethiopia registered 95 new cases (total 1,063). The Central African Republic (CAR) recorded 88 new cases (total 962). Madagascar registered its 6th death and 60 new cases (total 758). Cape Verde registered 16 new cases (total 421). Sao Tome and Principe registered 16 new cases (total 479).
34 more people died in Egypt on Saturday, raising the tally to 913. Another 1,367 more people contracted the coronavirus disease. The total confirmed cases in Egypt now stand at 23,449, the second-highest in Africa after South Africa.