Uganda 84 New Coronavirus Cases
Uganda records 84 new coronavirus cases, 52 of the new cases are truck drivers. FILE PHOTO

Uganda records 84 new coronavirus cases, 52 of the new cases are truck drivers.

The Ministry of Health confirmed 84 new COVID-19 cases increasing the total number of Coronavirus cases in Uganda to 413.

The Ministry of Health on Saturday night released results showing that 52 of the new cases are for truck drivers, 50 arrived from south Sudan via Elegu while 2 arrived from Kenya via Busia.

32 of the new cases are contacts to previously confirmed cases. All were under quarantine at the time of the test.

“A total number of 1,835 samples were tested on Saturday evening and 1,477 of these samples were at border points of entry whereas 358 samples were from alerts, communities and contacts,” the Ministry of Health said in a there released statement on Saturday evening.

51 truck drivers were returned to their places of origin after testing positive to COVID-19 pandemic according to the Ministry of Health and all the truck drivers were tested at the point of entry.

“Additionally, 51 positive foreign truck drivers were handled back to their country of origin,” the Ministry of Health said in their statement.

The cases have risen when president Museveni is expected to address the nation tomorrow in his 15th televised address. At the beginning of this month, Museveni eased down the lockdown by opening some sectors of the economy which made some parts of the population to open and to start operating freely.

Uganda 84 New Coronavirus Cases
Uganda records 84 new coronavirus cases, 52 of the new cases are truck drivers. FILE PHOTO

When easing down of the lockdown the President opened the following sectors;

1. General Merchandise shops were allowed to open provided they were not in shopping arcades, food markets and shopping malls.

2. Market women that were sleeping in market places were allowed to go home and come back to work daily if they want.

3. Public transport was to start operating again with strict rules and regulations. Taxis, buses, minibuses, and tuk-tuks were to be allowed to operate provided they carry half of their normal capacity.

4. Public transport was not to operate in border districts for another 21 days.

5. Boda bodas were to continue carrying cargo as they were doing during the time of lockdown.

6. Gyms, saunas, night clubs, bars, hair salons and swimming pools were to stay closed for another 21 days since it’s hard for them to observe the social distancing rule.

7. Airport and the international borders were to remain closed so that they do not import more COVID-19 cases from outside.

The president will give away forward concerning the public transport since the 14-day extension guideline he issued in his last address is meant to expire this week.