COVID-19 cases in Uganda rise to 89
President Museveni to address Uganda on the future of lockdown as COVID-19 cases rise to 89. PHOTO/TWITTER

COVID-19 cases in Uganda rise to 89 as the country eagerly await President Museveni Tuesday speech on lockdown.

Uganda’s Ministry of Health has confirmed one new case of COVID-19 out of 2,930 samples tested on Sunday at the Uganda Virus Research Institute bringing the total number of cases to 89.

According to the health ministry, the new case involving a 39-year-old Kenyan male truck driver who arrived via Malaba was confirmed out of 2,729 samples tested for truck drivers.

While all the 201 samples analysed on the same day from community members returned negative for COVID-19.

Ministry of Health says that efforts are already underway to locate and track this COVID-19 infected patient and then be returned to his mother country from where he will seek medication.

“One new COVID-19 case confirmed out of 2,729 samples of truck drivers: 39-year-old Kenyan male truck driver who arrived via Malaba and efforts to track him is underway,” a statement from the ministry read.

As of today, Uganda has a total number of 89 cases, 52 recoveries and 18 active cases with no single death registered from the deadly coronavirus.

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The health ministry says that a total of 39,232 individuals have been tested to date and 861 individuals have also been discharged from institutional quarantine.

18,128 travellers have since been identified together with a total of 2,248 contacts of which 808 are still under follow up while 141 are under self-quarantine.

COVID-19 cases in Uganda rise to 89
President Museveni to address Uganda on the future of lockdown as COVID-19 cases rise to 89. PHOTO/TWITTER

Meanwhile, the ministry said that the community case confirmed yesterday 02 May, from Rakai District has been evacuated to Masaka regional referral hospital and his family members have also been put under quarantine.

The ministry also added the two truck drivers from Kenya and Burundi respectively who also tested positive of COVID-19 yesterday have been returned to their respective countries to seek medication there.

Currently, the ministry has embarked on conducting a rapid assessment survey among high-risk groups to establish community transmission of COVID-19. All samples from the survey are being tested at Makerere University laboratory.

As the deadly coronavirus first discovered in Wuhan, China continues to claim lives globally, Uganda is lucky to be among the few countries that have since registered lesser cases.

The government imposed drastic measures such as the lockdown and night curfew back in March to try and mitigate the spread of the virus countrywide and this has in return been effective more within members of the community because almost all new cases are of cargo truck drivers.

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With the lockdown ending this Tuesday, President Museveni will address Uganda today at 8 pm on the next course of action in tackling the coronavirus pandemic.