KAMPALA – Uganda has reported eleven new coronavirus cases bringing the total number of people with the virus to 44, the Health Minister Dr. Ruth Aceng has announced.
Dr. Aceng said the eleven were from 176 samples tested in the last 24 hours.
“We tested 176 samples for COVID-19 today and 11 tested positive for the disease,” Dr Ruth Aceng said on twitter.
The cases include a 29-year-old Ugandan female, resident of Kyanja who is a contact of one of the previously confirmed cases and a 26-year-old Ugandan male resident of Katabi, Wakiso.
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Others include a 27-year-old Ugandan male resident of Mpererwe, Wakiso; a 9-year-old Ugandan female, resident of Suubi Watoto village; a 7 year old Uganda female, resident of Suubi Watoto village; a 30 year year old Ugandan male resident of Suubi Watoto village; two 10 year old Ugandan female, resident of Suubi watoto; a 9 year old Ugandan male resident of Biira village, 8 year old male resident of Suubi watoto village; a 27 year old Ugandan female resident of Kavulu Makerere who all arrived from the United Kingdom (UK).
We tested 176 samples for COVID-19 today and 11 tested positive for the disease. All confirmed cases were under institutional quarantine at the time of test. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases stands at 44. #STAYSAFEUG
— Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng (@JaneRuth_Aceng) March 31, 2020
According to Health Minister Aceng, “all confirmed cases were under institutional quarantine at the time of test.”
Uganda has not reported any COVID-19 related case.
Africa Tembelea also understands that to date, 1015 are under institutional quarantine with another 660 contacts to the confirmed cases under follow up.
The government has ramped up its call for preventive measures such as general hygienic practices including the use of face masks, handwashing with soap, and use of sanitisers in public places and increased enforcement of social distancing.