On Monday, the Ministry of Finance issued a statement confirming that a total of 21 staff members had received positive results from COVID-19.
The Ministry of Health has confirmed 21 staff members from the finance ministry tested positive for the COVID-19 part of the samples tested between 19th and 21st August 2020.
As a response to the government’s directive to have every organization stressed to mandatory testing of its workers, the Ministry of Finance last week carried out screening for all its staff.
On Monday, the Ministry of Finance issued a statement on its social media platform, confirming that a total of 21 staff members received positive results from COVID-19.
According to the Permanent Secretary/ Secretary to the Treasury, Keith Muhakanizi they have embarked on the search to identify all the contacts of the confirmed cases.
‘’Following the massive screening of all staff of Ministry of Finance for #Covid19 between 19th -21st August 2020, 21 positive cases have been identified and all the affected staff are under medical care. The process of tracing the contacts of the positive cases is in progress,’’ part of the finance ministry’s statement read urging members from the general public to suspend unwarranted visits to the Ministry of Finance until further notice.
Meanwhile, this comes at a time when the MOH on Monday confirmed an additional 99 new Covid-19 cases from tests done on 23rd August 2020 bringing the cumulative total of confirmed cases in Uganda to 2,362.
Of these, 84 cases were confirmed among the contacts and alerts, five from the health workers while six were returnees and four were among the truck drivers from particular border points of entry.
Part of the contacts and alerts, 49 were from Kampala district, eight from Kikuube, five from Gulu, four from Sironko, three from Lamwo, two from Lira, Luweero, Tororo and Yumbe districts respectively while each of Mbale, Abim, Amuru, Bundibugyo, Kotido, Kiryandongo and Namisindwa also confirmed one case respectively.
Part of the health workers, two cases were from Kampala and one from each of Mbale, Kikuube and Gulu. Of the returnees, five cases were from Saudi Arabia while one came from Kenya.
As of today, Uganda registered 2,236 coronavirus cases from which a total of 1,248 individuals have been discharged from various referral hospitals countrywide after they recovered from the virus while 22 victims have since succumbed to the coronavirus after the MOH on Monday confirmed two more deaths.
Two victims including a 35-year-old female and trader from Kikuubo in Kampala and a 36-year-old male from Kisenyi succumbed to the virus.