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COVID-19 CRISIS: 21 Truck Drivers Test Positive in Uganda as Cases Rise to 160

The total of COVID-19 confirmed cases in Uganda has risen to 160 today Thursday.
This is after the Ministry of Health confirmed 21 new cases from 1,593 samples of truck drivers.
“Today, 14th May 2020, 21 new COVID-19 cases confirmed from 1,593 samples of truck drivers. This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases to 160 in Uganda,” the Health Ministry announced on Thursday night.
The new cases include Ugandans, Kenyans, Tanzanians and South Sudanese who arrived via Mutukula, Busia and Elegu.
Meanwhile, all 303 samples from the community tested negative for COVID-19.
A total of 1,896 cases were tested for COVID-19 on Thursday.
Currently, Uganda has a total number of 160 COVID-19 confirmed cases, 63 recoveries and no fatalities.

Health Minister Dr Ruth Aceng today said lifting the lockdown without examining its impact could result into a huge spike of viral infections.

She made these remarks while addressing journalists at the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) auditorium in Kampala on Thursday May 14 2020.

Over the past weeks, members of the public have urged government to ease the restrictions to enable them earn a living.

However speaking today, Aceng warned that gains achieved in the fight against Corona Virus could be rendered to nothing if this is done haphazardly.

“Ugandans you have done very well so far through heavy sacrifice. Therefore we must not allow the gains we have achieved so far to go down the drain,” she appealed

To illustrate her point, she pointed out that the likes of South Korea, Japan, Singapore and China which had successfully suppressed the disease were witnessing a resurgence of new cases.

As such, Aceng urged Ugandans to take heart as authorities assess their readiness in the event that the lockdown is partially lifted.

“My humble appeal is that we work through this together and we prepare ourselves adequately for the phased lifting of the lock down,” she added.

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