KAMPALA — Ministry of Health has confirmed one new coronavirus positive case from 651 samples tested from truck drivers at border points of entry on Tuesday.
The new confirmed case makes it a total of four Kenyan nationals who have tested positive for the Coronavirus — pushing Uganda’s tally to 61 after World Health Organization (WHO)’s International Health Regulations (IHR) directed that every case that is confirmed for Covid-19 should be registered and treated at the host country.
“Against this background, Uganda requires to add five positive foreign truck drivers to our statics,” Dr. Henry Mwebesa, the Director General Services at the Ministry of Health wrote.
Uganda will capture all COVID-19 foreigners including truck drivers as her confirmed cases.
To date, six truck drivers (one Ugandan, one Tanzanian and four Kenyans have tested positive for CIVID-19 in Uganda.
Out of these, 2 truck drivers (one Tanzanian and one Kenyan) had already been repatriated for their respective countries for treatment, the Ministry said.
All these have been added to Uganda’s tally according to new amended statistics.
“All the 368 samples taken from community and quarantine centres tested negative for CIVID-19,” Dr Mwebesa wrote, adding that a total of 1,019 samples were tested at Uganda Virus Research Institute and only one returned positive.
He said the case is 32 year old Kenyan truck driver who arrived at Malaba border post from Kenya. “He didn’t have signs and symptoms consistent with CIVID-19,” Dr Mwebesa noted, and “arrangements to evacuate him to Entebbe Grade B are underway.”