Uganda has registered six more COVID-19 cases, increasing the country's caseload to 1,006.
The six cases were part of 2,048 samples that were tested on Thursday. Four of the confirmed cases were contacts from Busia, Malaba, Amuru and Kyotera district while two cases were cross-border truckers who arrived into the country from Mutukula and Malaba points of entry.
30 more patients recovered from the virus, and to date, 938 have so far recovered from coronavirus disease. Globally, 12.4 million are infected with 559,391 deaths and 7,287,690 recoveries.
In the Central and East African region, Kenya’s cases rose to 8,975 after another 447 people tested positive while coronavirus deaths increased to 173 after another 4 more people died on Thursday. Ethiopia registered 199 more new infections to increase its total caseload to 6,973.
Djibouti’s deaths increased to 56 and 66 more infections, increasing the caseload to 4,955. Central Africa Republic recorded 91 new infections (total 4,200). In Somalia, there were 10 more new infections (total 3,038). Rwanda’s cases increased by 16 to 1,210 cases.
As of Thursday, more than 500,000 cases of COVID-19 were reported on the African continent. With more than 22 countries reporting increases in cases on the continent, the World Health Organisation is calling for equitable access to future COVID-19 vaccines.
Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the director WHO Africa, says with the increases in cases being reported on the continent, Africa must not be left out of the vaccine research.
"It is clear that the number of cases being reported in Africa is on the rise and this disease is going to be with us for a while. The only solution is to get a vaccine but as the international community comes together to develop one, equity must be a central focus of these efforts," Dr Moeti said.
According to Dr Moeti, often African countries end up at the back of the queue for new technologies, including vaccines.