COVID-19 CRISIS: Uganda’s coronavirus cases rise to 85 as 2 more test positive

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Baluku Geoffrey

KAMPALA — Uganda’s Covid-19 cases have risen to 85 after two new cases were confirmed on Friday May 1, 2020, the health ministry has announced.

The two cases are a 35 year old Kenyan male truck driver who arrived via Busia border and a Ugandan male from Masindi District.

“Two new COVID-19 cases confirmed. A Kenyan male truck driver who arrived via Busia border and a Ugandan male from Masindi District, who was confirmed during the rapid assessment survey that the health ministry is conducting among high risk groups to establish community transmission of COVID-19,” Health Minister Dr Ruth Aceng said.

According to Dr Aceng, Uganda’s tracking system shows that the Kenyan truck driver has since returned back to Kenya.

She revealed that out of 2,454 samples tested at Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI), all 399 samples from the community tested negative for COVID-19.

To-date, 27 truck drivers have since tested positive for COVID-19; of these 17 truck drivers have returned to their respective countries while 10 are admitted at different hospitals in the country.

Uganda has so far registered 52 recoveries since the first person to be confirmed with Covid-19, was reported in March this year.

Elsewhere, as of Friday 1, May 2020, Tanzania had 480 confirmed cases of COVID-19, out of whom 17 had died while 167 had recovered, Kenya had 411 confirmed cases out of whom 150 had recovered and 21 had died, Rwanda had 249 confirmed cases out of whom 109 had recovered with no death recorded.

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