KAMPALA — Health Ministry has confirmed 11 new COVID-19 cases include a health worker— extending Uganda’s total tally of confirmed infections to 696
The other new cases also include 6 truck drivers from Elegu (3) while and Mutukula (3) Point of Entry.
The ministry says the cases are contacts and alerts from Buikwe (1), Lora (1), Adjumani (1) and Amuru (1).
At least 33 foreign truck drivers tested positive for COVID-19 and where repatriated to their countries of origin according to Ministry of health.
To date, at least 244 have recovered from the virus.
On Saturday, Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng said while Uganda’s total cases had earlier been put at 694 with the eight new cases picked from the samples tested on Friday, this number had been revised after deducting nine cases that had earlier been confirmed to be positive yet they were negative.
She explained that some samples were picked from the Kampala area and tested at Makerere University Laboratory but later found to have discordance when some were re-tested at the Uganda Virus Research Institute laboratory in Entebbe.
The issue of false-positive results was first revealed by President Museveni on Thursday.
Aceng said they will intensify on their checks to guarantee the accuracy of results saying they will increase laboratory personnel and regularly calibrate their equipment. She added that the error was isolated and doesn’t affect other previously conducted tests.