KAMPALA – Uganda’s confirmed coronavirus cases have risen to 48 after 3 more people tested positive.
Announcing the latest update, President Yoweri Museveni who was briefed by the Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng shortly before the closure of his address to the nation on Friday night, said that the three were among the total number of 419 samples that were tested on Friday.
“Out of the 419 samples tested today [Friday March 3, 2020] at Uganda Virus Research Institute, 3 have tested positive for COVID-19,” Museveni said adding that, “The 3 individuals were under institutional quarantine at the time of test.”
According to the health ministry, the new cases include a 33-year-old Ugandan male, resident of Mengo, Kampala who arrived from the United States of America on 18th March 2020; a 54-year-old Indian male, resident of Bugolobi, Kampala who arrived from Dubai on 20th March 2020 and a 37-year-old Ugandan female who also arrived from Dubai on 22nd March 2020.
To-date, 1009 individuals are under institutional quarantine and under follow up, while 887 contacts to the confirmed cases are also being followed follow up.
According to health minister Dr Aceng, individuals who have completed their 14 days of institutional quarantine and have since tested Negative for COVID-19 will be released to go home starting today, if the quarantine centre has not registered any positive case.
She said that those to be discharged will be issued with their result forms and certificates of completion of the 14-day quarantine.
Africa Tembelea has however learnt that, individuals at centers where positive cases were confirmed will have to undergo another count of 14 days of institutional quarantine from the day the positive was evacuated.
According to Dr. Henry Mwebesa, the ministry’s Director General for Health Services, “this decision was based on guidance from the scientific advisory committee which is intended to interrupt the spread of COVID-19.”
He said that all patients were in stable condition at Mulago National Specialised Hospital, Entebbe Grade B Hospital, Adjumani and Hoima hospitals.
He appealed to appeal all Ugandans to remain calm but vigilant and continue to practice the preventive measures, as shared by the ministry.
Uganda is one of the countries that has not registered any COVID-19 related death.