Uganda confirmed 15 new COVID-19 cases from a total of 2,729 samples tested on Thursday.
The Ministry of Health in Uganda has confirmed 15 new COVID-19 cases from a total of 2,729 samples tested on Thursday.
Out of a total of 2,729 samples tested on Thursday, 2,101 were samples tested of truck drivers while 628 were community samples.
According to the Director-General Health Services, Dr Henry G Mwebesa, 10 of the new cases are of truck drivers who arrived via Elegu border while the other five cases were confirmed from within community members and they were under quarantine at the time of the test.
“15 new COVID-19 cases confirmed. 10 new cases are truck drivers who arrived via Elegu while 5 cases are among community samples. All community cases were under quarantine at the time of test,” Dr Mwebesa said.
The new figure now brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Uganda to 160 with 66 recoveries and no single death has yet been reported from the virus.
The reduction in the number of cases from the previous 260+ cases comes following President Museveni’s directive earlier this week to the health ministry to deduct all cases involving foreign truck drivers from Uganda’s case count.
Museveni explained that this will make it even much easier to understand the number of infections countrywide and how patients are still undergoing treatment rather than counting cases which have already been handed over to the respective countries.
Meanwhile, the MOH yesterday handed over more 21 positive foreign truck drivers to their respective countries of origin bringing the total number of those that have since been deported back to 145.
Plan for truckers
While addressing the nation on Monday, President Museveni said they are going to carry out quick testing of all truckers and ensure a driver only departs the place once their test results are out.
Museveni said they are working hard to eliminate delays in releasing the test results.
He, however, re-emphasized that movement of truck drivers cannot be stopped at this time because it will pose danger not only to Ugandans but the country’s economy as a whole.
“We have lost $1.6b from tourism. We may lose $1.3b from remittances from Ugandans living abroad. We can’t lose forex from our coffee, tea, milk products, etc in addition to failing to bring in raw materials,” President Museveni said during 14th address to the nation.
He added; “That is simply a wrong debate. The debate should not be whether to allow the drivers or not. The debate should be on how these drivers should be handled. The medium-term solution can be railway but for now, Uganda cannot.”