COVID-19 cases in Uganda now at 101 after one more truck driver tests positive out of 3,809 samples tested
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed one new COVID-19 case from a total of 3,809 samples tested yesterday at the Uganda Virus Research Institute bringing the total number of cases in Uganda to 101.
According to a statement from the ministry, the new case involving a 32-year-old Tanzanian man was confirmed from 3,091 samples of truck drivers. He arrived into the country via Mutukula border.
“One new COVID-19 case confirmed from 3,091 samples of truck drivers. The new case is a 32-year-old Tanzanian truck driver who arrived from Tanzania via Mutukula border. All 718 community samples have tested negative for COVID-19,” a statement from the MOH read.
The new figure now pushes Uganda’s COVID-19 cases to 101 with 55 recoveries and no single deaths.
As of today, the health ministry has tested 47,620 countrywide 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 and 2080 have finished their 14 days follow up.
Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, Uganda is among the few countries that have yet to register any deaths from it. Statistics from the health ministry indicate that the total recoveries from the virus also exceed the active cases which are now only 21.
Earlier in March, the government imposed drastic measures such as the lockdown and banning of both private and public means of transport to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and this in return has somehow yielded great results because in recent weeks Uganda has recorded more cases from foreigners than from it’s community members.
Most of Uganda’s cases now have come from truck drivers at particular border points of entry. During his recent address to the nation, President Museveni said that the issue of truck drivers has shown why it is vital to have alternative means of transport for moving the cargo across countries.
Museveni admitted that it is not only cheaper but even safer to use alternative means including railway and water transport especially during this time when chances of spreading the coronavirus are extremely high.
He said in future Uganda is determined to take this direction even more further because water and railway transport is most convenient for transporting this cargo.
Museveni however, implied that for now, it would be suicidal to stop the movement of these cargo trucks because it puts the lives of many locals in danger.
Museveni said that transportation of cargo is a very important aspect just like farming, manufacturing and construction and cannot be stopped more so during this time when people are in much need of these essential commodities.
He meanwhile, as a way forward said that he has already engaged his East African counterparts together with Sudan and DR Congo counterparts to have the matter streamlined and come up with a solution.