COVID-19: Uganda Holds Ground at 55 Cases as 1,032 New Samples Test Negative

At least 1,032 samples have this Wednesday tested negative for COVID-19, Uganda’s Health Ministry has announced.

551 samples were taken from truck drivers at border points of entry.

This massive testing was aimed at blocking COVID-19 cases from entering Uganda through border points considering that neighbours, Kenya and Tanzania have seen a spike in the virus infections.

Kenya’s infections have risen to 228 with 20 deaths while Tanzania’s rose to 88.

Director General Health Services Dr Henry Mwebesa said “481 samples were from individuals under institutional quarantine and contacts to confirmed cases in the country.”

This implies confirmed cases of COVID-19 stand at 55 in Uganda.

President Museveni on Tuesday extended the lockdown period for more 21 days to flatten the curve.

He cited additional danger points such as the land borders with the East and Central African countries; the cargo truck drivers and crews of trains; the air-craft crew members for cargo planes; the UN and the health workers treating the corona-virus people.

A new case of COVID-19, a 38-year-old Ugandan male, cargo transporter who arrived from Kenya via Malaba on April 12 was confirmed on Tuesday.

The Ministry said it’s currently testing all truck drivers (cargo transporters) for COVID-19 who come into the country via the various points of entry.

Addressing the nation, President Museveni said, “on the issue of the truck crews the driver and two others they will be tested at the border but they do not have to wait for the test results. They can continue with their journey and the outcome of the test will be communicated to them later and further management will follow as is necessary.”

He said within Uganda, the truck drivers, whether transiting or destined to Uganda, will only stop at designated points in the country and nowhere else.  

“The crews of the cargo planes that fly into the country will be accommodated in designated hotels,” he added.

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