KAMPALA — The Ministry of Health has confirmed one new case of COVID-19 out of the 3,809 samples tested at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) on Thursday May 7.
In a post on twitter, health minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng said the new case is a 32-year-old male truck driver who entered the country via Mutukula border.
“Today, 7 May, 2020, 1 new COVID-19 case confirmed from 3,091 samples of truck drivers. The new case is a Tanzanian truck driver who arrived from Tanzania via Mutukula border,” said Dr Aceng.
According to the health minister, all the other 718 samples from the community had tested negative for the disease.
She said that the confirmed number of COVID-19 cases in the country now stands at 101.
The news of Uganda’s 101 cases comes as the country is running out of test kits. According to reports from UVRI, the country only has kits to last four days.
As of today, Uganda has registered 55 recoveries since the first person to be confirmed with Covid-19 in the country was reported in March this year.
Last month, the health ministry announced plans to deploy mobile testing vans at busy border posts. According to the ministry of health, all truck drivers will be upon being tested, wait for their results before they proceed with their deliveries/ entry into and out of Uganda.