Kampala, Uganda – Two more truck drivers have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the number of confirmed cases in Uganda to 63.
In a statement, the ministry of health said the new cases are of two truck drivers from Tanzania.
One of the truck drivers, a 43-year-old is a contact of the first Tanzanian driver who tested positive last week. He entered the country on March 17,2020. The other, is a 35-year-old who entered the country through the Mutukula border crossing yesterday.
According to the health ministry, the 43-year-old driver was in quarantine at Mulago Hospital, where he was taken as a contact to a confirmed case, with whom they had travelled in the same truck from Tanzania.
The ministry says that that by the time both cases entered into the country, none of them had any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.
“Both of the drivers did not have any symptoms of the disease. We tested them because it is now mandatory for all truck drivers and their turn boys,” Dr Henry Mwebesa, the director general of health services said in a statement.
He revealed that a total of 1,296 samples were tested at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) yesterday. Out of the total samples, 550 were taken from the community and quarantine centers and another 746 samples were tested from truck drivers at border entry points.
According to the health ministry statement, the two cases are currently receiving treatment at Mulago National Referral hospital and Entebbe General Hospital.
These two new cases come at a time when 7 more patients were discharged yesterday (3 from Mulago National Specialised Hospital and 4 from Entebbe Grade B Hospital). This brings the total number of discharged patients to 45, with 18 active cases at the moment in Uganda.
In a related development, the health ministry refutes social media claims that a COVID-19 positive case was admitted at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital.
According the ministry, an investigation was conducted and it was established that the individual being referred to is a truck driver who arrived from Kenya via Malaba border post. He tested for COVID-19 and his results were negative for the disease.