KAMPALA — The Ministry of Health has confirmed one new case of COVID-19 in Uganda out of the 1177 samples tested on Monday April 20 at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI).
The new case is a 46-year-old Burundian refugee who arrived from neighboring Tanzania via Mutukula.
The patient is isolated in Rakai District, about 222KM south of the country.
“1 new case confirmed today, out of 1,117 samples tested at UVRI. The new case, a 46 year old Burundian refugee, arrived from Tanzania and was under quarantine at the time of test. Total confirmed cases is now 56,” health minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said.
The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country now stands at 56, the ministry said.
The health ministry is currently testing all truck drivers (cargo transporters) for COVID-19 who came into the country via the various points of entry.
Uganda on Monday April 20, reported ten more COVID-19 recovered patients, raising the tally of recoveries to 38, against 18 active cases.
State Minister for Primary Health Care, Joyce Moriku presided over the discharge of the patients, that included five children from the Watoto Choir, three of their attendants, one boda boda rider from Kasubi and one from Kalangala at Entebbe Grade B hospital.
With no reported deaths so far, the Ministry of Health said in a statement that all active cases are in stable condition at designated COVID-19 treatment centres.
Since the outbreak of this pandemic in the country, the Government has employed several directives to contain it, the recent one being the mandatory use of face masks in public and in multi-family compounds.
In addition to self-distancing and frequent washing of hands, general citizens are continuously urged to report COVID-19 symptoms such as dry cough, high fever and shortness of breath as early as possible.