Forty three truck drivers have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the health ministry. This brings the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Uganda to 203.
The new cases according to point of entry and nationality are 15 Ugandans, 9 Kenyans and 4 Eritreans who entered via Elegu border; 5 Tanzanians and 1 Burundian who entered via Mutukula border. The others are 5 Kenyans, 2 Ugandans, 1 Burundian plus an unidentified nationality who came in through Malaba border.
In a post on twitter, health minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said the results were from 1,838 samples taken from truck drivers on Friday May 15.
“All 720 community samples have tested negative for COVID-19,” she added.
According to the minister, the results from the community and truck drivers are from an overall total of 2,558 samples that were tested at the Uganda Virus Research Institute, in Entebbe and some at border point (s).
This update, comes afew hours after Dr. Aceng and Robinah Nabbanja [state minister for Health in charge of General Duties], commissioned the 1st Port Health laboratory in Mutukula, Uganda. This is a gene expert laboratory with 2 machines and capacity to run 64 samples per hour.
According to Aceng, all truck drivers arriving via Mutukula point of entry will now be tested for COVID-19 and results given within 45 minutes.
“If you are found positive, you cannot proceed with your journey..if you’re negative, you are released” Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said at the commissioning .
She also said that positive patients will be treated at Masaka Regional Referral Hospital. However, if the truck driver is non-Ugandan, he/she will be given an option either to stay in Uganda and receive treatment or if he/she wants to go their home country, they will be appropriately guided to do so.
As of today, the total COVID-19 recoveries in Uganda stand at 63 with no related death from the virus.
Elsewhere, as of May 15, 2020, Kenya had reported 781 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 284 recoveries and 45 deaths. Tanzania had 509 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 183 recoveries and 21 deaths while Rwanda had 287 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 177 recoveries and No deaths.