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10 more Ugandans, 34 Kenyan medics test positive for COVID-19


10 more Ugandans have tested positive for coronavirus, rising the national tally to 222 confirmed cases. 

The new cases were confirmed from the 1,189 samples tested on Monday, May 25. Nine of those cases are truck drivers, while one is a contact to a previously confirmed positive driver. The 30 foreign cargo drivers who tested positive were denied entry.

On Monday, Kenya announced 72 new infections from the 2,722 samples tested which included 70 Kenyan nationals, one Somali and one Ugandan. The acting director-general ministry of Health Kenya, Dr Patrick Amoth revealed that so far, 34 Kenyan medics have tested positive for COVID-19.

Last week, Kenya’s Health minister Mutahi Kagwe admitted that the government has been importing substandard personal protection equipment (PPEs), putting the lives of healthcare workers at risk.

Kagwe announced that Kenya had stopped importing PPEs and had resorted to locally manufactured products that he said were superior in quality. 

Kenya also recorded one more death to increase the number of coronavirus related deaths to 52. Another 9 patients recovered from the disease, increasing the number of recoveries to 402 cases. 

Rwanda registered 9 new cases from the 892 samples tested to take its national tally to 336. The number of recovered patients increased to 238 after one more patient recovered from the disease. There have been no updates from Tanzania and South Sudan and their confirmed cases still stand at 509 and 655 respectively. 

Meanwhile, South Africa lost 52 people and had 1,032 new infections on Monday. In Egypt, there 19 deaths as well as 702 new infections. In Algeria, there were 9 new deaths and 197 new cases.
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In Morocco, there were 99 new cases and one death while Ghana registered 125 new cases. In Sudan, there were 19 new deaths and 192 new cases. Senegal recorded 83 new cases while Djibouti had 4 new deaths and 198 new cases. In Ivory Coast, there were 47 new cases while DR Congo recorded 156 new cases and 4 new deaths.

In Somalia there were 5 new deaths and 95 new infections. Mayotte recorded 72 new cases while Guinea Bissau registered 64 new cases and one new death.

Mali recorded 29 new cases and 2 new deaths. Tunisia had 3 new cases, Equitorial Guinea 83 new cases, Niger 6 new cases and one death. In Burkina Faso there were 18 new cases, Sierra Leone recorded 28 new cases and 2 new deaths.

Chad had 12 new cases and one death. Ethiopia had 73 new cases. In the Central African Republic, there were 48 new cases while Madagascar registered 15 new cases. Sao Tome and Principe recorded 48 new cases and 3 new deaths.

A total of 130 people died in Africa on Monday while 3,559 got infected. On Sunday 80 people died while 4,186 got infected. Globally, 5,569,639 people have been infected with 346,924 deaths while 2,353,734 have recovered as of May 25, 2020.