Uganda on Friday night announced 5 new cases of the deadly Coronavirus,taking the country’s total figure to 23 from 18 a day earlier.
Ministry of Health in a brief statement on Friday evening said the 5 people that tested positive are among the 227 people whose samples were taken on the same day.
“5 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed bringing the total to 23 cases in Uganda. Out of 227 samples run today at Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI), 222 samples tested negative for COVID-19,” said the statement.
President Yoweri Museveni in a subsequent update on the same said the 5 returned from Dubai and other unnamed category countries.
“227 returnees from Dubai and other places were tested, 5 were positive,” said Museveni.
This website has learnt that four of the five cases are returnees from the United Arab Emirates’ most populous city of Dubai and one from the Netherland’s capital, Amsterdam.
Though it has not been expressed beyond the first day of the positive case, authorities in Uganda strongly believe UAE is not open on Coronavirus cases they have registered, mainly in the buzzing international trade city of Dubai. Over 90% of Ugandan Coronavirus cases are returnees from Dubai.
UAE, which was the first country in the Middle East to register first case of Coronavirus on January 29 2020, has of today Saturday declared 405 cases, 2 deaths and 52 recoveries. On March 22 2020 Dubai launched 11 days of mass sterilization of the whole city and three days later closed all airports on March 25 2020.
Netherlands, though not hit hard like other European countries including Italy, Spain and Germany, has registered 8,603 cases of Coronavirus and 564 deaths.