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KAMPALA – Uganda has announced one more positive case of the coronavirus, raising the national total number to 55.
In a statement posted on twitter, on Tuesday night, the Director of Health Services, Dr Henry Mwebesa, said the new COVID-19 case was a Ugandan who had arrived from Kenya via Malaba border.
“The new case, is of a 38-year-old, Ugandan male, truck driver of Tororo district who arrived from Kenya on Monday, 12th April 2020,” said Dr. Mwebesa.
According to Dr. Mwebesa, 625 samples were tested at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) yesterday. Of these, 372 samples were from truck drivers at the border points of entry while 253 were from contacts in the community.
Similarly, a male Kenyan truck driver, aged 27 was also found positive among the 372 truck drivers tested at Malaba point of entry. The health ministry says, arrangements are being made to return him to Kenya for treatment close to his family.
Meanwhile, during President Yoweri Museveni’s televised address to the nation yesterday, he announced an extended lockdown of the country to more 21days.
The president said that as a country, more focus was now going to be put on the porous borders that people from neighbouring countries are utilizing to cross into Uganda. He also said that new measures will be put in place to deal with new threats paused by cargo transporters.
“On the issue of the truck crews ─ the driver and two others ─ they will be tested at the border but they do not have to wait for the test results. They can continue with their journey and the outcome of the test will be communicated to them later and further management will follow as is necessary,” he said.
“Within the country, the truck drivers, whether transiting or destined to Uganda, will only stop at designated points in the country and nowhere else. The crews of the cargo planes that fly into the country will be accommodated in designated hotels,” Museveni added.
He vowed to deal harshly with any security officer who corruptly allows anyone to cross into Uganda despite the closure of the borders.
“You are not going to be charged with corruption or negligence of duty because you know the consequences of allowing people into the country. We are going to charge you with murder or attempted murder,” the president said.
As of today, a cumulative total of 6,661 samples have been tested for COVID-19 in Uganda. Out of this number, the country has 55 confirmed cumulative cases of COVID-19 with 8 having recovered and been discharged. Among the 8, is one from Adjumani hospital, who was discharged by state minister in charge of Primary Health Care, Dr. Joyce Moriku Kaducu yesterday.
The remaining 47 active COVID-19 cases are in Mulago, Entebbe Grade B and Hoima hospitals.
Africa Tembelea understands that the recovered patients are to be followed up for 14 days while in self-isolation.