We have not yet discovered any Coronavirus cases in Uganda, says Ministry of Health
The Ministry of Health has rubbished allegations of any signs of coronavirus outbreak in Uganda arguing that no citizen has returned to the country from Wuhan in China.
A few days back, several people via social media platforms have been circulating reports that many students who were studying from Wuhan in China had returned in Uganda and as a result, they have circulated the deadly Coronavirus to different parts of the country.
However, the health ministry has released a statement clarifying that all these are fake allegations and that the country has yet to confirm anyone infected with the coronavirus.
According to the ministry of health, no Ugandan students have returned to the country from Wuhan where they were studying from because a directive was already passed prohibiting them from travelling back.
“Up to date, Uganda has no suspected or confirmed case of the COVID-19. The social media posts being circulated are baseless and false. No Ugandan students from Wuhan city, China have returned since the lockdown was enforced,” a statement from the health ministry read.Tweet
Besides, the ministry added that all travellers from affected countries are provided with information on COVID-19, on where to report and seek care should they develop symptoms and put on self-isolation and followed up by our surveillance teams daily for 14 days.
“Travellers from affected countries are provided with information on COVID-19, on where to report and seek care should they develop symptoms and put on self-isolation and followed up by our surveillance teams daily for 14 days,” part of the statement added.Tweet
According to the New York Times, the virus that started in the Wuhan province of China has been confirmed on every continent but Antarctica, with more new cases now being reported outside China than within China.
There is no proven medicine yet to treat the deadly virus however, the New York reported that the drugmaker Gilead Sciences is expanding its clinical trials of the antiviral drug redeliver as a possible coronavirus treatment into several countries, mainly in Asia.
Governments and health workers around the world scrambled to contain the rapidly spreading new coronavirus, as the number of new cases outside China for the first time exceeded those inside the country at the heart of the epidemic.
More than 81,000 people have been infected with the virus that causes the respiratory disease Covid-19, and new cases have been documented in at least 44 countries and on every continent but Antarctica.
So far, nearly 3,000 people have died, the vast majority of them in a single Chinese province, Hubei.
In Europe, France, Spain and Germany reported increases in cases, likely tied to an outbreak in Italy’s Lombardy region, where more than 400 people have been infected.
Cases were reported for the first time on Thursday in Estonia and Denmark.
In the Middle East, a dangerous cluster in Iran, where more than 140 people had been infected, spread across the region to Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. Saudi Arabia halted visits to the holiest sites in Islam, in the cities of Mecca and Medina.
In Asia, as the authorities in China were slowly lifting citywide lockdowns that had ensnared more than 700 million people, and a major outbreak tied to a megachurch in South Korea ballooned to more than 1,500 cases.
South America recorded its first case, a 61-year-old man in Brazil.
And a person in California who had not been exposed to anyone known to be infected tested positive for the virus as reported by the New York Times.
By John Dalton Kigozi