Uganda’s coronavirus cases rise to 88 as more truckers test positive

Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng. /File
By :
AT Reporter

KAMPALA — Uganda’s coronavirus cases have risen to 88 after three new cases were confirmed at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) on Saturday May 2, 2020.

The three cases include two truck drivers, one Kenyan and the other a Burundian, while the third case -is a 22 year old Ugandan male from Rakai, the Ministry of Health said.

“Three new COVID-19 cases confirmed today. Two were out of 1,922 samples from truck drivers: 1 Kenyan and 1 Burundian who arrived via Malaba, while the third (Ugandan male) was out of 562 samples from the community,” said Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng.

“Efforts to track the truck drivers were underway,” she added.

The minister also revealed that the Ugandan male who entered from Bukoba, Tanzania was currently staying at home with his parents. Efforts to evacuate him to Masaka Regional Referral Hospital and quarantine his parents are underway.

Africa Tembelea has learnt that 17 of the 29 truck drivers (who also include the two tested positive on Saturday May 2), have since returned to their respective countries.

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

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