KAMPALA — Uganda has recorded ten cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday — with nine truck drivers and one of them being a contact to the previously confirmed truck driver.
The Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng says, Uganda has deducted all other nationalities from the national tally bringing the number down to 145.
“Following a Presidential Directive of deducting all foreign truck drivers from Uganda’s case count, the confirmed COVID-19 cases now stand at 145,” Dr Aceng.
Last month, 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, a directive President Museveni contested.
President Museveni directed the Ministry of Health to immediately stop capturing any COVID-19 foreigners including truck drivers as Uganda’s confirmed cases.
Also today, the minister says, 11 foreign truck drivers have been handed over to their countries of origin.
“Total Foreign truck drivers handed over to their countries of origin since Presidential directive is now 124,” Dr Aceng added.
Meanwhile, all the other 222 community samples tested returned negative.
According to Dr Henry Mwebesa, the director-general of health services at the ministry of health says Uganda now has 89 admitted COVID-19 patients who are all in a stable condition and up to 65 people have recovered, tested negative and discharged from Hospitals.