KAMPALA – Uganda’s cases of the novel coronavirus topped 100 after two more truck drivers tested positive on Wednesday, the health ministry announced.
In a post on twitter, health minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said the two new cases are of Kenyan and Eritrean truck drivers who entered Uganda via Malaba. They were part of 3,509 samples tested at Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI).
“Today, 06 May 2020, 2 new COVID-19 cases confirmed out of 3,071 samples of truck drivers,” the health minister said.
According to Dr Aceng, all 438 samples tested from the ongoing community survey also came back negative for the disease.
To-date the confirmed number of coronavirus cases from cross-border truck drivers now stands at 34 of the total 100 cases. Out of this cumulative total number of cases, Uganda has not registered any COVID-19 related death, while 55 have since recovered and were discharged.
Elsewhere, as of May 6, 2020, Kenya has 582 confirmed cases of COVID-19, out this number 190 have been discharged after they recovered while 26 have succumbed to the virus. In Tanzania the number of confirmed cases still stands at 480 with 16 having succumbed to the virus while 167 recovered and were discharged.
For Rwanda 268 cases have been recorded, out of this number 130 have since been discharged after they recovered.