COVID-19 cases in Uganda rise to 98, after one more truck driver who arrived from Kenya tests positive
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed one new COVID-19 case bringing the total number of cases in Uganda to 98.
The new case was confirmed out of a total of 2,632 samples tested on Tuesday at the Uganda Virus Research Institute.
According to the health ministry, the new case is of a 27-year-old truck driver who arrived from Kenya via the Busia border and he tested positive from 2,168 samples of truck drivers. All the 464 community samples tested negative.
“One new COVID-19 case confirmed from 2,168 samples of truck drivers. The new case is a 27-year-old truck driver who arrived from Kenya via Busia. All 464 community samples have tested negative for the disease,” a statement from the ministry read.
The new figures now mean that Uganda has a total of 98 COVID-19 cases with 55 recoveries and no single death has yet been reported from the virus.
The health ministry indicates that a total of 41,864 individuals have been tested and 861 individuals have been discharged from institutional quarantine as of today.
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.
As the deadly coronavirus first discovered in Wuhan, China continues to claim lives globally, Uganda is lucky to be among the few countries that have not registered any deaths from it.
While addressing the nation on Monday, President Museveni explained that government reacted quickly by imposing measures such as the lockdown to mitigate the coronavirus spread.
Museveni said that the measures looked harsh but they have been fruitful in keeping the numbers of those infected with COVID-19 small.
As a result, the doctors and health workers in the referral hospitals have also found it easy dealing with these very few COVID 19 patients and thus that is why many of them are even healing at a faster rate.
Museveni said most of the patients took about 16 days to heal from the virus because these doctors had only a few patients and thus put much focus on them and now results are visible.
Museveni who eased the lockdown for the next 14 days said 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 the available facilities.