Uganda cases rise to 61 as more foreign truck drivers test positive for COVID-19
The COVID-19 cases confirmed in Uganda now at 61 after another driver tested positive, bringing the total of coronavirus case from truck drivers to 5, according to the Ministry of Health.
The new case was among the 1019 samples tested yesterday, he was tested at Malaba border from Kenya.
“Once the new case has been confirmed today, the new case is a 32-year-old Kenyan truck driver who arrived from Kenya at the Malaba border. The total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Uganda are now 61. 1019 samples were tested today,” the Ministry said in a tweet.
Dr Henry Mwebesa, the Director-General Health Services the truck driver did not manifest any signs and symptoms of coronavirus at the time of the test.
Now, as of today, Uganda has confirmed five coronavirus cases of truck drivers, out of these four are Kenyans national and one Tanzanian national.
When Uganda began testing truck drivers for COVID-19, the first confirmed cases were repatriated back to their home nations.
But according to the World Health Organization (WHO) international health regulations 2005, every confirmed case should be counted and treated in the country where it was confirmed from.
And this explains the surge in Uganda’s confirmed coronavirus case to 61 after the earlier Kenyans truck driver and Tanzanian truck driver who were repatriated were added onto Uganda’s statistics board.
“When you screen any foreign national, whether there are on transit or there are in your country, they are counted as part of your statistics. They don’t exit your statistics because you have identified them in your country,” Aceng said.
Aceng, however, thanked health workers on the frontline for the good work done saying the Ministry is preparing to pay off all their allowances.
At a moment, five s*x workers are under quarantine in Soroti after coming into contact with a Kenyan truck driver who turned positive for coronavirus on Sunday 19 April 2020.
This has created fear and panic especially in people living around towns and centres where these drivers stop for refreshment.
The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) yesterday Tuesday donated money worth 381 million shillings to be used in procuring more testing kits. And according to Aceng, the money came at the right time when they need more testing kits to handle the situation.
However, the testing equipment cannot be used immediately as they wait for the major parts to be shipped into the country.
“So, we are extremely grateful, that NSSF picked the actual thing at the heart of the pandemic, and those are the testing kits,” Aceng said.
Speaking, Richard Byarugaba, NSSF Managing Director noted that employers will be given a holiday on request, not to pay returns until June 2020.
“You have to apply for it, you just don’t give up, you got to write to us, and we will allow you to stop contributing,” Byarugaba said.
Uganda has so far discharged 38 coronavirus recoveries and now managing 23 active cases with no coronavirus related death.
Globally, there are 2,565,299 cases, 177,775 deaths and 696,779 recoveries, with the USA being the epicentre of coronavirus.