unra staff closed for covid-19
The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) headquarters closed after two more staff test positive for COVID-19. FILE PHOTO

The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) headquarters closed after two more staff test positive for COVID-19.

In a statement released Tuesday, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) confirmed that it has temporarily closed its headquarters after two more of its staff tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the statement, UNRA’s headquarter offices located at the Nakawa Business Park will remain closed till Sept 1, 2020, to allow sufficient safety measures before opening to business.

As it is a mandate from the health ministry, all workers from the authority who might have come into contact with the confirmed cases will have to undergo a two weeks quarantine to better study their health state.

Earlier, the government directed all organizations around the country to have each of their workers stressed to mandatory screening and testing for the Covid-19 to control the spread of the virus.

As a response to this directive, UNRA last week carried out screening for all its staff to determine their true health state. The first set of samples from the authority that were tested between 19th and 20th August 2020 returned with six positive cases.

However, the authority has now confirmed two more cases from the second set of samples released by the health ministry pushing their tally to eight cases. 

UNRA is not the first organization to record coronavirus cases. Many across the country have at least reported one or two cases. 

The Ministry of Finance on Monday reported up to 21 of its staff members that had tested positive for the virus. 

unra staff closed for covid-19
The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) headquarters closed after two more staff test positive for COVID-19. FILE PHOTO

Last week, two media organizations including Vision Group and Nation Media Group also reported cases. 

Other organizations that have since reported cases to include the Parliament, the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), the Police and Total Uganda among others.

Meanwhile, this comes at a time when the MOH Tuesday confirmed an additional 64 positive cases from COVID-19 tests done on 24 August 2020 pushing the total number of confirmed cases in Ugandans to 2,426. 

Of these, 60 cases were from the alerts and contacts, two cases were confirmed among the health workers while the other two cases were from; one truck driver via Malaba Point of Entry and the other a returnee from Saudi Arabia.

Part of the contacts and alerts, 27 cases were from Kampala district, 11 from Arua, seven from Gulu, three from Wakiso and two from each of Zombo, Adjumani and Manafwa districts while six districts including Amuru, Buikwe, Hoima, Lamwo, Lira and Tororo registered one case respectively.

As of today, up to a total of 1,267 people in Uganda have since recovered from the virus while 25 have succumbed to it after the health ministry confirmed three new COVID-19 deaths.