Coronavirus: Isolated Foreigners Test Negative

FILE: Intensified screening at Entebbe International Airport because of coronavirus (Courtesy Photo)
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ENTEBBE – Results of tests on samples from four foreign nationals under isolation at Entebbe have returned negative for the novel coronavirus, the Ministry of Health says.

The four were picked up from Entebbe International Airport after presenting with flu and cough symptoms.

“Test results for samples obtained from the four foreign nationals (One French and three Chinese) are Negative of COVID-19,” the ministry’s Senior Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ainebyoona said on Monday.

This was confirmed by Dr. Diana Atwine, the Health Ministry permanent secretary who tweeted saying, “… All those isolated and tested are safe. Results negative…”

Cases soar abroad

The global death toll from the new coronavirus epidemic surpassed 3,000 on Monday after dozens more died at its epicentre in China and cases soared around the world with a second fatality on US soil.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the virus has now infected more than 88,000 people and spread to over 60 countries after first emerging in China late last year.

The virus appears to particularly hit those over the age of 60 and people already weakened by other illness.

South Korea, the biggest nest of infections outside China, reported nearly 500 new cases on Monday, bringing its total past 4,000.

– How does Covid-19 spread? –

When someone who has the new coronavirus (Covid-19) coughs or exhales they release droplets of infected fluid. Most of these droplets fall on nearby surfaces and objects – such as desks, tables or telephones.

– Recommended Preventive Measures –

  1. Wash your hands with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand rub
  2. AVOID hand-shaking and hugging at all times
  3. Cover your mouth and nose with tissue or a handkerchief when coughing and sneezing. Throw away the used tissue immediately into a dustbin or burn it and wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub. The handkerchief must be washed by yourself daily and ironed with a hot iron
  4. Do NOT spit in public. Find a secluded place like toilets or pit latrines in which to spit in.
  5. Maintain a reasonable distance between yourself and someone who is coughing or sneezing (at least 1 meter apart)
  6. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Hands touch many surfaces which can be contaminated with the virus and you can transfer the virus from the surface to yourself
  7. If you have fever, cough and difficulty in breathing, seek medical care immediately.
  8. People with flu-like symptoms should use face masks to cover the nose and mouth and stay home in a well-ventilated room
  9. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as door knobs/handles, car doors, elevator buttons etc. daily with regular household disinfectant or soap.
  10. All travelers arriving from countries affected by the Coronavirus Disease should follow guidance given by health workers at the airport and other border entry points.
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