Uganda confirms 2 new COVID-19 cases, total now at 63


Ongoing tests at Uganda Virus research Institute. A UVRI photo

On Wednesday 22, April 2020, Ministry of Health confirmed two new positive cases of coronavirus.

The Ministry official says one case was from 550 samples taken from the community and quarantine centres and one case from 746 samples tested from truck drivers at border points of entry.

According to the Ministry, “a total of 1,296 samples were tested on Wednesday at Uganda Virus research Institute. The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases now is 63.”

The two confirmed cases are Tanzanian truck drivers.

One is a 43 year old male truck driver who arrived in the country from Tanzania on 17 April, 2020. The Ministry says he was a contact of the Tanzanian truck driver who tested positive on 17 April 2020 as they had travelled in the same vehicle.

“Because of his close contact with that confirmed case, the Ministry decided to quarantine him at Mulago hospital. A test conducted on him today tested positive for COVID-19. He did not have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 during quarantine,” Dr Henry G. Mwebase, Director General Health Services said in a press statement.

Another positive case is a 35 year old Tanzanian truck driver who arrived from Mutukula border post from Dar-es-Saalam, Tanzania. He did not have any signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19. “Arrangements to evacuate him to Entebbe Grade B hospital are underway,” Dr Mwebase adds.

As of Wednesday, 22 April 2020, a total of 7 patients were discharged. Three from Mulago National specialised Hospital and four from Entebbe Grabe B Hospital.

Mr Mwebase reveals that each tested negative twice for the disease at intervals of 24 hours. Uganda’s total recoveries is 45.


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