21 Truck Drivers Test Positive on Thursday, rising Uganda’s COVID-19 Cases to 160

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Baluku Geoffrey

KAMPALA — The Ministry of Health has confirmed 21 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 160. This is the highest registered in a day since the outbreak of the virus in Uganda.

The new cases include 8 Kenyans, 7 Tanzanians, 5 Ugandans and 1 South Sudanese who arrived via Mutukula, Busia and Elegu borders respectively.

In a post on twitter, health minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said the results were from 1,593 samples taken from truck drivers on Thursday May 14.

“All 303 community samples have tested negative for COVID-19,” she added.

According the ministry, the results from the community and truck drivers are from an overall total of 1,896 samples that were tested at the Uganda Virus Research Institute, in Entebbe today.

Speaking earlier during a televised COVID-19 status update, the minister said the rapid assessment survey has revealed that there is no community transmission of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Uganda.

She noted that out of 14,061 participants of the targeted 23,000 samples, only four sporadic cases tested positive including; two police officers, a truck driver in Rakai and a Ugandan student returnee from Bukoba in Tanzania. Dr. Aceng says this translates to just 0.03% community transmission.

As of today, the total COVID-19 recoveries in Uganda stand at 63 with no related death from the virus.

Elsewhere, as of May 14, 2020, Kenya had reported 758 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 284 recoveries and 42 deaths. Tanzania had 509 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 183 recoveries and 21 deaths while Rwanda had 287 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 168 recoveries and No deaths.

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