KAMPALA — All 1162 suspected coronavirus samples tested negative on Thursday at the Uganda Virus Research Institute, ministry of Health has announced.
That means Uganda’s confirmed coronavirus cases remain at 55 with 19 recoveries and 0 deaths.
A statement by Ministry of Health noted out the 1162 samples tested, 839 were samples from cargo truck drivers while 323 were from individuals under quarantine and their contacts across the country.
“Today, eight (8) patients who were positive for COVID-19 have fully recovered, tested negative twice for COVID-19 and discharged from Mulago Hospital Specialized (7) and (1) Hoima Hospital,” Dr. Henry Mwebesa, the Director General Health Services at the Ministry of Health.
He said that the total number of patients who have been been discharged is now 20.
Uganda banned public transport and non-essential private transport until May 5.
Cargo trucks with a total of 3 crew, including the driver, are still allowed to cross borders with government intensifying testing at border entries.
Between Wednesday and Thursday, Mulago national referral hospital discharged eight patients who have fully recovered from the coronavirus disease.
According to the officials, the discharged patients have tested negative twice and are now clinically free of the virus.
The eight were part of the 23 patients that the hospital has been managing.
Elsewhere in East Africa Tanzania on Thursday reported 11 news case, raising it total infections to 94, Rwanda’s infections stand at 139 with confirmation of two new cases on Thursday whereas Kenya has 234 confirmed cases of coronavirus.