Uganda confirms three new COVID-19 cases
Uganda confirms three new COVID-19 cases. FILE PHOTO

Uganda confirms three new COVID-19 cases out of 2,484 samples tested on Saturday.

The Ministry of Health has confirmed three new COVID-19 cases out of 2,484 samples tested on Saturday at the Uganda Virus Research Institute bringing the total number of cases to 88.

According to the Ministry of Health, two of the new cases are of a Kenyan and a Burundian, both truck drivers who arrived from Kenya via Malaba border.

While the third case is of a Ugandan who arrived into the country from Bukoba, Tanzania via a porous border and currently he is staying at home.

Ministry of Health said that efforts are already underway to evacuate the infected Ugandan to Masaka Regional Referal hospital and his parents will also be taken into quarantine as they came into contact with him.

“Three new COVID-19 cases confirmed today. Two out of 1,922 samples of truck drivers: 1 Kenyan and 1 Burundian who arrived via Malaba. Efforts to track them are underway. One out of 562 samples from the community: 22-year-old Ugandan male from Rakai District,” a Ministry of Health statement read.

As of today, Uganda has a total number of 88 cases, 52 recoveries and 18 active cases with no single death registered from the deadly coronavirus.

The health ministry says that a total of 36,302 individuals have since been tested and 861 individuals have also been discharged from institutional quarantine.

448 travellers have since been identified as of today together with a total of 2,248 contacts of which 808 are still under follow up while 144 are under self-quarantine.

Uganda confirms three new COVID-19 cases
Uganda confirms three new COVID-19 cases. FILE PHOTO

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health 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 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 back in March to try and mitigate the spread of the virus countrywide and this has since yielded great results more so within the community.

However, Uganda’s worries now are on the cargo truck drivers coming from other countries with most of the recent new registered cases coming from neighbouring countries including Burundi, Kenya and Tanzania.

At least 29 truck drivers have since tested positive for COVID-19 at particular border points of entry.

Yesterday, the health ministry said that 17 of these truck drivers had been returned to their respective countries while others are still being admitted at different hospitals.