KAMPALA — Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda says he has gone into self-isolation after some of his contacts tested positive for COVID-19.
In statement on his social media the Prime Minister however said his results were negative.
“Friends, I have gone into self-isolation after some of my contacts tested positive for COVID-19. My own test result is negative, however, I have taken this decision as a health recommended measure,” he said on Twitter.
Dr. Rugunda is the head of national task force in the fight against the disease.
Yesterday, the Ministry of Health announced that all cabinet ministers would be tested for the virus that causes COVID-19.
The ministry last week said that seven health workers had tested positive for the virus and a team had been set up to investigate what led to the infections.
Another medical worker tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday, brining the total number of front line health workers with the virus to 8.
In a latest update, the health ministry reported 35 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total confirmed cases to 557.
Out of the 2,679 samples collected from cross-border cargo truck drivers and communities over the last 24 hours, 15 Ugandans from points of entry and 20 contact and alerts cases tested positive for the virus, the ministry said.
It said 31 foreign truck drivers who tested positive for COVID-19 were handed over to their respective countries of origin.
Of the 557 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 82 have recovered and no one has died of the disease in the country, the health ministry said.