Uganda now at 55 cases after a cargo truck driver from Kenya tested positive of COVID-19
On Tuesday 14th at the Uganda Virus Research Institute, the Ministry of Health confirmed a new positive case of COVID-19 out of a group of 625 samples tested and is a cargo truck driver from Uganda.
The victim, a 38-year-old male from Uganda is a cargo truck driver who arrived from Kenya via Malaba on 12/04/2020. He was tested at Malaba border point of entry but he did not show any signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
According to the Health Ministry, of the total samples they tested on Tuesday, 372 samples were from truck drivers at the border points of entry while 253 were from contacts in the community.
“One new positive case of COVID -19 out of 625 samples tested on Tuesday 14th at the UVRI. The new case is a 38-year-old Ugandan male, cargo transporter who arrived from Kenya via Malaba on 12/04/2020,” a statement from the ministry read.
Relatively, the Ministry of Health confirmed a male Kenyan truck driver aged 27 was also found positive among the 372 samples and his sample was pinpointed and arrangements are in full gear to return him to Kenya where he will be treated from.
Currently, the Ministry of Health has embarked on testing all truck or cargo drivers for COVID-19 mostly those who travel in and out of the country via various border points.
As of Wednesday 15th, Uganda has a total of 55 confirmed cases out of a cumulative total 6, 661 samples that have since been tested countrywide for COVID-19.
Out of these, a total of eight (8) patients have recovered from the virus including one patient who was discharged from Adjumani hospital yesterday according to the health ministry.
No victims have succumbed to the virus so far, however, the number of those healing from the coronavirus is likely to increase as reported by the Ministry of health and if you are now to exclude those that have recovered from the virus, the number of infected patients reduces to 46.
Meanwhile, the virus first discovered in Wuhan continues to claim lives worldwide with at least 1,956,178 infections and a total of 123,450 deaths by Tuesday according to the Johns Hopkins University.
In Africa, there are now over 16,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the continent with a total of 52 affected countries.
According to statistics from the Johns Hopkins University, the African continent has a total of 16,200+ cases, 873 deaths and 3,235 recoveries as of Tuesday.