Uganda eases lockdown
COVID-19 cases rise to 97, 6 of these eight confirmed cases are truck drivers. FILE PHOTO

Eight new COVID-19 cases confirmed out of 2,246 samples tested on Monday as lockdown eases in Uganda

The Ministry of Health has confirmed eight new COVID-19 cases bringing the total number of coronavirus cases to 97 as Uganda eases lockdown.

The eight (8) cases were confirmed out of a total of 2,246 samples tested on Monday at the Uganda Virus Research Institute.

According to the health ministry, six of these eight cases were confirmed from the 2,061 samples tested for truck drivers while the other two cases were confirmed from the community members.

The ministry said that five of the truck drivers arrived via Malaba border post while one arrived via Mutukula point of entry.

Among the two cases confirmed within the community, one case is of a resident of Kyotera District and the other is of a Ugandan truck driver from Mutukula.

“8 new COVID-19 cases confirmed. 6 out of 2,061 samples of truck drivers while 2 cases are from the community confirmed from the Rapid Assessment Survey,” a statement from the ministry read.

The new figures now bring the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Uganda to 97 with 55 recoveries and no single death.

Up to date, the health ministry says that a total of 39,232 individuals have since been tested and 861 individuals have been discharged from institutional quarantine.

18,128 travellers have since been identified together with a total of 2,248 contacts of which 808 are still under follow up while 141 are under self-quarantine and a total of 2080 have finished their 14 days of follow up.

President Museveni eases lockdown
Schools remain closed as President Museveni eases lockdown for the next 14 days. FILE PHOTO

Meanwhile, as the deadly coronavirus first discovered in Wuhan, China continues to claim lives worldwide, Uganda is one of the few countries that have since registered lesser cases and no deaths.

President Museveni during his address to the nation on Monday said that the drastic measures enforced earlier have enabled the country to register fewer cases as compared to those in other countries including their closet neighbours.

The President said that the doctors and health workers in different referral hospitals have also found it easy dealing with these very few COVID 19 patients and thus that is why many of them are healing at a faster rate.

He said most of the patients took close to 16 days to heal from the virus because the doctors put too much focus on them and also the facilities were enough to accommodate them all at the same time.

Museveni who extended the lockdown for another 14 days implied that he does not want to see a situation like it is in other countries where the patients are extremely more than the doctors and facilities available.