5 COVID-19 cases in Uganda rise to 121
COVID-19 cases in Uganda rise to 121. FILE PHOTO

COVID-19 cases in Uganda rise to 121 after 5 new confirmed COVID-19 cases from a total of 1,839 samples tested.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed 5 new COVID-19 cases from a total of 1,839 samples tested on Sunday at the Uganda Virus Research Institute.

The new cases all of the truck drivers involving two Ugandans and three Kenyans arrived into the country via Elegu and Malaba border points of entry.

According to the MOH, the five cases were specifically confirmed from 1,498 samples of truck drivers. All 341 community samples tested negative for the virus.

“Five new COVID-19 cases confirmed from 1,498 samples of truck drivers. The new cases are 2 Ugandan and 3 Kenyan truck drivers who arrived via Elegu and Malaba Points of Entry,” a statement from the health ministry read.

This now brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Uganda to 121 with 55 recoveries and no single deaths have since been reported from the virus. Active cases in Uganda are now 28.

As of today, the health ministry has carried out over 56,767 tests countrywide and 861 individuals have since been discharged from institutional quarantine.

A total of 18,128 travellers have since been identified together with a total of 2,248 contacts of which 808 are still under follow up and 2080 have finished their 14 days follow up.

5 COVID-19 cases in Uganda rise to 121
COVID-19 cases in Uganda rise to 121. FILE PHOTO

More cases from Truck drivers

Following recent tests now, Uganda’s new cases have come from cargo truck drivers via different border points of entry with only a few being registered among the community members.

Up to date, Uganda has recorded 61 COVID-19 cases from the truck drivers. Out of these 30 are Kenyans, 17 are Tanzanians, 11 are Ugandans while one truck driver from each of Eritrea, Rwanda and Burundi has also tested positive of the virus.

Way forward

While holding National Prayers with religious leaders at State House on Saturday, President Museveni said that the issue of truck drivers is one the country needs to take seriously in controlling the spread of the coronavirus.

Museveni who was first to rule out stopping them from operating explained that Uganda as a country is not in a position to stop the movement of these cargo trucks because it will pose an economic danger.

The President said despite the country now recording increasingly more cases from these truck drivers, they still have to remain operational delivering all sorts of essential items at a time when every Ugandan is in much need of them.

Museveni, as a way forward, said that he has already engaged his East African counterparts to see that all truck drivers driving into Uganda are first checked and confirmed virus free from their specific countries of origin.