COVID-19 in Uganda Rise to 116
COVID-19 Cases in Uganda Rise to 116 After More Truckers Test Positive. FILE PHOTO

COVID-19 cases in Uganda rise to 116 after two new confirmed cases from a total of 2,565 samples tested on Saturday.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed two new COVID-19 cases from a total of 2,565 samples tested on Saturday at the Uganda Virus Research Institute bringing the number to 116.

Two cases both of truck drivers involving a 40-year-old Kenyan and a 30-year-old arrived into the country via Malaba and Mirama Hills point of entry respectively.

According to the MOH, they were confirmed specifically from the 1,913 samples tested of truck drivers. All 652 community samples tested negative for COVID-19. 

“Two new COVID-19 cases confirmed from 1,913 samples of truck drivers. The new cases are 40-year-old Kenyan and 30-year-old Uganda truck drivers who arrived via Malaba and Mirama Hills point of entry respectively. All 652 community samples have tested negative for COVID-19,” a statement from MOH read.

This now pushes the number of COVID-19 cases in Uganda to 116 with 55 recoveries and no single deaths have since been reported from the virus.

Meanwhile, the health ministry says that among the 13 truck drivers confirmed for COVID-19 on 08 May 2020, 5 truck drivers were intercepted, evacuated and have been admitted at various hospitals in the country while 8 truck drivers self exited to their respective countries. 

Meaning Uganda now has only 28 active cases after a total of 31 truck drivers have since been returned to their respective countries to seek medication from there.

Up to date, the health ministry has tested 56,767 samples countrywide and 861 individuals have since been discharged from institutional quarantine.

About 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.

COVID-19 in Uganda Rise to 116
COVID-19 Cases in Uganda Rise to 116 After More Truckers Test Positive. FILE PHOTO

Truck drivers the problem

For weeks now, almost all Uganda’s new cases have come from cargo truck drivers via different border points of entry with only a few being registered among the community members.

President Museveni while holding National Prayers with religious leaders yesterday at State House implied that Uganda is not in a position to stop the movement of these cargo trucks because it will put many people’s lives at stake.

He said despite the country now recording more cases from these truck drivers, they still have to remain operational delivering all sorts of essential items at a time when every Ugandan is in much need of them.

Museveni, as a way forward, explained that he has already started discussions with his East African counterparts to see that all truck drivers driving into Uganda are first checked and confirmed virus free from their specific countries of origin.