Coronavirus: Total cases in Uganda at 116 as two truck drivers test positive



Ministry of Health on Saturday confirmed two new COVID-19 cases from 1,913 samples taken from truck drivers. 

This brings the total confirmed cases in Uganda to 116.

According to the Ministry, the new cases are: A 40 year old Kenyan truck driver who arrived via Malaba border.

Another one is a 30 year old Ugandan truck driver who arrived via Mirama hills point of entry.

“All 652 community samples have tested negative for COVID-19. Total samples tested today on Saturday were 2, 565,” the Ministry said, via Twitter.

Total number for samples tested at Uganda Virus Research Institute to date stands at 56,767.

Thirty-one truck drivers have returned to their respective countries, according to the Ministry.

Active cases are 28, total discharges are 55 with Zero death.

Ministry of Health has launched a new campaign aimed at sensitizing and reminding Ugandans to keep distance as one of the ways of preventing virus spread and mass infections.

Tonsemberera, loosely translated as “Keep Your Distance” reminds every Ugandans to always maintain a 4 meter distance whenever they are in public places. This is in addition to washing hands with clean water and soap plus sanitizing.

Signs and symptoms of COVID-19

Signs and symptoms include respiratory symptoms and include fever, cough and shortness of breath. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome and sometimes death.

According to the Ministry of Health and WHO, standard recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 include frequent cleaning of hands using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water; covering the nose and mouth with a flexed elbow or disposable tissue when coughing and sneezing; and avoiding close contact with anyone that has a fever and cough.


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