Ugandan test coronavirus Rwanda
One Ugandan national tests positive for coronavirus in Rwanda - Authorities. FILE PHOTO

One Ugandan national tests positive for coronavirus in Rwanda – Authorities

One Ugandan national has tested positive for coronavirus in Rwanda, their Ministry of Health has confirmed.

According to a statement released earlier today, the 22-year-old man who was part of the four additional virus cases to be identified on Sunday was a Ugandan. 

Rwanda health ministry also indicated that this Ugandan national travelled to Rwanda from London on 15 March 2020.

This now pushes the total to five coronavirus cases to be reported in Rwanda.

Other three cases included a 34-year-old Rwandan man who arrived from South Sudan on 6 March 2020, His brother, a 36-year-old Rwandan who arrived from Fiji via USA and Qatar on 8 March 2020 and a 30-year-old Rwandan man in Kigali with no recent travel history.

Meanwhile, the Rwandan ministry later confirmed that all victims are being quarantined under proper medical care to ensure the virus does not infect other locals.

Rwanda now joins Kenya on the list of East African countries to confirm a COVID-19 case. So far there are no reported cases in Uganda and the Ugandan health ministry is working hand in hand to ensure the virus is prevented from crossing over to the country. 

As a way to try and tackle the pandemic, Rwandan government placed a temporary ban on places of worship and in so doing they directed that all religious activities were to be carried out from home.

Coronavirus update

The deadly coronavirus that was first reported in the Hubei Province, Wuhan city in China has so far spread to over 100 countries with 169,373 cases worldwide.

The novel coronavirus has killed more than 6,500 worldwide, according to an estimate from Johns Hopkins University, which is tracking cases reported by the World Health Organization and additional sources.

Italy cases spike. On Sunday alone the country announced 3,590 new cases and 368 deaths in just 24 hours amid the worst outbreak outside China.

Ugandan test coronavirus Rwanda
One Ugandan national tests positive for coronavirus in Rwanda – Authorities. FILE PHOTO

COVID -19 origination and symptoms

According to an article written by the Guardian Newspaper, the virus-like other coronaviruses comes from animals. It spreads between people in a way similar to influenza, via respiratory droplets from coughing.

The time between exposure and symptom onset is typically five days but may range from two to fourteen days.

The virus can cause pneumonia. Those who have fallen ill are reported to suffer coughs, fever and breathing difficulties. In severe cases, there can be organ failure. As this is viral pneumonia, antibiotics are of no use.

The antiviral drugs we have against flu will not work. Recovery depends on the strength of the immune system. Many of those who have died were already in poor health.

The virus can be easily transmitted from one person to another like flue it is contagious, however, the only difference is that it is worse than the normal flue because it is thought to cause about 400,000 deaths each year globally. 

Besides, there is no vaccine for the new coronavirus, which means it is more difficult for vulnerable members of the population – elderly people or those with existing respiratory or immune problems – to protect themselves.

Hand-washing and avoiding other people if you feel unwell are important. One sensible step is to get the flu vaccine, which will reduce the burden on health services if the outbreak turns into a wider epidemic.