KAMPALA – One new COVID-19 case has been confirmed today at the Uganda Virus Research Institute – rising the national tally to 122 cases.
The new case is a Ugandan truck driver who arrived from Juba via Elegu.
Health minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, said that out of 2,296 samples of truck drivers tested on Monday, May 11, one case tested positive, while all the 558 samples from the community tested negative for COVID-19.
In a related development, all cross-border cargo truck drivers will now be able to leave border entry points with their test results, Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) in Entebbe has said.
Prof Pontiano Kaleebu, the director UVRI, says they are planning to start using the GeneXpert diagnostic testing machines which are able to release coronavirus results within an hour.
“The tests released using a GeneXpert machine take around 45 minutes to an hour. This means drivers will get their results before they leave border posts,” said Prof Kaleebu.
To date, Uganda’s health ministry has tested a total of 60,902 samples.