Kampala – Eight more cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Uganda bringing the total number of confirmed infections in the country to nine.
Speaking to journalists on Monday night, Health Minister, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said all the cases are from people who had flown into the country from Dubai aboard Emirates and Ethiopian Airlines.
“The Ministry of health would like to inform the public that there are 8 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Uganda,” Dr. Ruth Aceng told journalists in Uganda’s capital Kampala.
“All the 8 cases are Ugandan nationals who travelled back from Dubai, UAE.; 2 on the 20/03/2020 and 6 on the 22/03/2020 aboard the Emirates and Ethiopian Airlines flights,” she added.
The tests were done by the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) in Entebbe.
Africa Tembelea understands that to date, a total of 2,661 travelers including Ugandans identified as potential risk have been either under self-quarantine or institutional quarantine. Of these, 1,356 are under follow up; 774 of these are under institutional quarantine while 582 are under self-quarantine.
The government is now appealing to travelers who have been to Dubai in the past two weeks to call the health desk on 0800-100-066 or 0800-203-033 for further follow-up.
Dr. Aceng also stressed the importance of strict hygiene in curbing spread of the pandemic.
“Washing hands and social distancing of four (4) meters is the key to bringing the cases down,” she said.
The tally continent-wide thus stands at 1,400 and over with 40 plus deaths. Nigeria, The Gambia and Zimbabwe have reported their first deaths as of today. In all, 43 countries have registered cases with Egypt’s 294 followed by South Africa and Algeria with 274 and 201 respectively.