Uganda’s Covid-19 cases soar to 139 after 13 truck drivers test positive

By :
Baluku Geoffrey

KAMPALA – Uganda has registered 13 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections to 139, the health ministry said in a statement.

Out of the 1,741 samples taken from cross border truck drivers on Wednesday May 13, 2020, thirteen were positive for the virus.

The new cases include 7 Ugandans, 5 Kenyans and 1 Eritrean who arrived from Tanzania, South Sudan and Kenya via Mutukula, Elegu and Malaba.

“All 363 community samples tested negative for COVID-19,” .

According to health minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, a total of 2104 samples have been analyzed today at Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI).

In a related development, five truck drivers all from Tanzania have recovered from Covid-19 and were set to be discharged from Arua Regional Referral Hospital. However, the discharge has not taken place due to collateral issues that needed to be sorted out to ensure their communities are prepared to receive them.

Once they are discharged, the number of recoveries in the country will rise to 61.

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