Four truck drivers test positive as total virus cases rise to 126

A man disinfects a truck entering Uganda recently. Courtesy photo.

On Tuesday, 12 May, 2020, four new COVID-19 cases were confirmed by the Ministry of Health.

The new cases were from 1,478 samples of truck drivers tested at Uganda Virus Research institute (UVRI) in Entebbe.

They include two Ugandans, one Kenyan truck drivers who arrived in the country via Elegu and one Tanzanian truck driver who arrived via Mutukula border. 

“All 233 community samples tested positive for novel coronavirus disease,” says the Ministry, adding that 1711 were total samples tested.

Uganda now has a total number of 126 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 55 recoveries and zero death.

In an effort to prevent more spread and infections in the community, Ministry of Health recently launched a campaign dubbed #tonsemberere” translated to as “Keep Your Distance”. This campaign reminds Ugandans to always keep a 4 meter distance whenever they are in public places.

Other directive in addition to that is wearing facemask when one is out of his or her home.

Signs and symptoms of the coronavirus disease

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.

Both Ministry of Health and WHO’s 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.

COVID-19 information survey

The government of Uganda led by Ministry of Health is doing a widespread survey on how they are distributing information to educate the public on how to prevent, seek out symptoms of, and seek treatment for COVID-19 virus. To participate, visit

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