KAMPALA — Uganda’s ministry of health on Tuesday reported four new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 126 in the East African country.
Out of the 1,711 samples run at Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) in Entebbe, four have tested positive for the virus, health minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng confirmed through a post on twitter.
The new cases include two Ugandans, 1 Kenyan who arrived via Elegu and 1 Tanzanian who arrived via Mutukula border.
According to Dr Aceng, the 4 cases are out of 1,478 samples taken from truck drivers. The other 233 samples from the community have all tested negative for COVID-19. To-date, Uganda has 126 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 55 recoveries.
In a related development, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni joined other East African Community (EAC) Heads of State and Government for a virtual meeting that focussed on the challenge posed by cross-border trade in the fight against Coronavirus, especially the emergence of truck drivers as a high risk carrier population.
The meeting that was convened under the Chairmanship of President Paul Kagame of Rwanda also had Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta (Kenya) and Salva Kiir Mayardit (South Sudan).
They expressed satisfaction with measures so far taken by regional governments in managing Covid-19 and thanked the EAC Secretariat as well as the Council of Ministers for ensuring the region is able to minimize cross-border spread of the virus while ensuring uninterrupted movement of goods.
However, they tasked their respective state agencies responsible for health, transport and EAC affairs to roll-out border screening and testing measures especially for truck drivers that do not compromise cross-border movement of goods.