13 COVID-19 cases in Uganda
COVID-19 cases in Uganda hit 114 after 13 people tested positive out of 3,161 samples tested yesterday. FILE PHOTO

COVID-19 cases in Uganda hit 114 after 13 people tested positive out of 3,161 samples tested yesterday.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed 13 new COVID-19 cases from a total of 3,161 samples tested yesterday at the Uganda Virus Research Institute.

13 cases involving 7 Kenyans, 4 Ugandans and 2 Tanzanians were specifically confirmed from a total of 2,421 samples tested of truck drivers. All 740 samples from the community members tested negative.

“13 new COVID-19 cases confirmed from 2,421 samples of truck drivers. Out of the 13 new cases, 7 are Kenyans, 4 are Ugandans while 2 are Tanzanians. Tracking them has commenced and the public will be informed accordingly,” a statement from the MOH read.

The new figures now mean that Uganda’s COVID-19 cases have risen to 114 with 55 recoveries and no single deaths.

As of today, the health ministry has tested 47,620 samples countrywide and 861 individuals have since been discharged from institutional quarantine.

A total of 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.

The new cases indicate that Uganda joins the list of many other African countries that have now registered over 100 cases. 

However, for Uganda, it is yet to record any deaths from it and statistics from the health ministry indicate that the total recoveries from the virus also exceed the active cases which are now only 21.

The government in March imposed drastic measures such as the lockdown and banning of both private and public means of transport to control the spread of the coronavirus and this has in recent weeks been effective more within the community.

13 COVID-19 cases in Uganda
COVID-19 cases in Uganda hit 114 after 13 people tested positive out of 3,161 samples tested yesterday. FILE PHOTO

For the past weeks, Uganda has recorded new COVID-19 cases from foreigners particularly the cargo truck drivers travelling into the country via different border points of entry than it has from its community members.

During his recent address to the nation, President Museveni implied that the issue of the truck drivers is one area they are working to address because it has contributed to more cases in the country.

Museveni who admitted resorting to using cheaper but even safer alternative means such as railway and water transport said that using lorries to transport cargo has displayed even more loopholes in fighting the spread of the coronavirus.

The President said that the government is already working to redevelop the water and railway transport systems because they are more convenient than the road transport which in recent weeks has proven susceptible to spreading this virus.