Toyota Uganda Staffs Test Positive
Toyota Uganda workers quarantined for 14 days after three staff test positive for COVID-19. FILE PHOTO

Toyota Uganda workers quarantined for 14 days after three staff test positive for COVID-19.

Toyota Uganda workers have been stressed to a 14- day mandatory quarantine after three of the company’s workers tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

According to a statement released on Monday from the Toyota Uganda Managing Director, Mahmood Omar, the Kampala branch located on Jinja road has been temporarily closed with workers expected to be quarantined to determine the contacts of the three victims.

Mr Omar says that last week, some of their staff at the Kampala based branch reported feeling unwell with mild flu-like symptoms and as a precautionary measure they requested that they get tested for COVID-19. 

He explained that interim results from the Ministry of Health (MOH) returned with three of them testing positive.

Omar adds that the victims have since been referred to Mulago Hospital for further observation and treatment, while the rest of the employees have in response to the health ministry directives been stressed to two weeks mandatory quarantine to determine their health conditions.

“This is a challenging time for us and all our stakeholders, but we assure everyone concerned that we are fully committed to playing our part; whatever it takes to protect our staff and our clients,” Mr Omar said in a statement.  

This comes at a time when the MOH has confirmed two more deaths from the coronavirus involving a refugee and a Kampala based resident pushing Uganda’s death tally to nine from 1,297 confirmed cases.

Toyota Uganda Staffs Test Positive
Toyota Uganda workers quarantined for 14 days after three staff test positive for COVID-19. FILE PHOTO

According to a statement released on Monday from the MOH, the two victims including a 27-year-old man from Kyangwali refugee settlement centre in Hoima district and a 46-year-old male resident of Kampala have joined the list of those that have so far succumbed to the virus in Uganda.

‘’The two fatalities included a 27 -year-old male from Kyangwali refugee settlement in Hoima district who died from Hoima regional referral hospital and a 46-year-old male resident of Kampala who died at Nsambya hospital,” a statement from the Ministry read adding that the duo had signs and symptoms consistent with coronavirus and results from laboratories further confirmed the same.

Besides, the Ministry also confirmed an additional 14 new infections after samples tested on August 9, 2020, showed that nine contacts to previously confirmed cases from Kampala Metropolitan Area, three alerts and two truck drivers were positive of the virus.

Of the two truck drivers, one arrived from Kenya via Malaba while one arrived from the Democratic Republic of Congo via Goli point of entry according to the MOH.

Meanwhile, as of today, Uganda has registered a total of 1297 cases from which 1137 have been discharged after they recovered from the virus.

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