Uganda coronavirus recoveries at 227
Confirmed Uganda coronavirus recoveries hit 63 as total COVID-19 cases rise to 227. FILE PHOTO

Confirmed Uganda coronavirus recoveries hit 63 as total COVID-19 cases reach 227 as the country’s lockdown nears an end.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed 24 new COVID-19 cases from 2,044 samples tested of truck drivers on Saturday bringing the total of coronavirus cases in Uganda to 227.

The new cases, all truckers involving 14 Kenyans, six Tanzanians and four Ugandans arrived via Elegu, Mutukula and Malaba points of entry.

According to the health ministry, a total of 2,044 samples were tested on Saturday with 115 samples tested at specifically from Mutukula while 1,375 samples were tested at Uganda Virus Research Institution.

“24 new COVID-19 cases confirmed from 2,044 samples of truck drivers. The new cases breakdown: Elegu: 3 Ugandans, 2 Kenyans, Mutukula: 6 Tanzanians, 1 Ugandan, Malaba: 12 Kenyans. All 554 community samples have tested negative for COVID-19,” a statement read.

This is the second-highest number of cases to be recorded by Uganda in a single day with the highest being 43 cases which were reported on 15th May.

The new figure now brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Uganda to 227 with 63 recoveries and no single death has yet been reported from the virus.

Of these, close to 167 cases have come from truckers via particular border points meaning they represent about three-quarters of the country’s total confirmed cases.

Uganda now joins the list of Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzanian and Tanzania as the other countries in the East African Community to surpass at least 200 cases.

Uganda coronavirus recoveries at 227
Confirmed Uganda coronavirus recoveries hit 63 as total COVID-19 cases rise to 227. FILE PHOTO

Should the lockdown be lifted? 

In recent days, Uganda has registered a pool of new COVID-19 cases posing worries among many locals who have already started speculating a further extension of the lockdown.

Despite these big numbers in cases more so on a daily basis, Uganda is lucky that all it’s current confirmed cases are from truckers via border points with non reported among its community members for close to two weeks now.

During his 4th May address to the nation, President Museveni implied that progress in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic will greatly determine the county’s decision on the lockdown.

Earlier this week, the MOH stressed that lifting of the lockdown will not be done abruptly because it might pose a threat to the lives of every Ugandan in case it is not done the right way.

While addressing the country about the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday this week, the health minister, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng implied that lifting of the lockdown will be done in phases starting with the areas that are less susceptible to spreading the virus.

Dr Aceng said that because of these drastic measures in place, Uganda as a country has been able to register fewer cases among its community members and as a result, they do not want all these efforts to go to waste because of the lifting of the lockdown anyhow.

‘’I want Ugandans to understand that if we lift the lockdown abruptly you will lose your life. your efforts will go to the drain. let’s stay alive, the economy will come later. we don’t want any Ugandan to die of COVID-19. it is important to stay alive to build the economy.

‘’We must not allow the gains we have achieved in the fight against COVID-19 to go to the drain. We must follow the guidelines as the phased easing of the lockdown takes place,’’ Aceng’s stated on Thursday during her address to the nation.