Lockdown Uncertainty As Uganda Registers 21 New COVID-19 Positive Cases

All truck drivers must undergo COVID-19 testing and receive results before proceeding to immigration at the borders All truck drivers must undergo COVID-19 testing and receive results before proceeding to immigration at the borders COURTESY PHOTO

Just a few hours before President Yoweri Museveni addresses the nation on the state of COVID-19 in Uganda, the ministry of health has announced that the country registered twenty-one (21) new COVID-19 positive cases from 1,071 samples that were tested from various points of entry on Sunday.

The ministry in a statement issued Monday morning revealed that the 21 confirmed case are Ugandan nationals. The cases, all truck drivers, were captured at Elegu Point of Entry (17), Mutukula Point of Entry (3) and Malaba Point of Entry (1).

All 253 community samples tested negative for COVID-19. The total number of tests done were 1, 324. The total number of COVID-19 confirmed cases is now 248.

The ministry also distanced itself from ‘fake results’ that were being ‘communicated by malicious persons via a fake ministry of health social media page’ stating that '105 truck drivers have tested positive’.

“The ministry would like to inform the general public that COVID-19 results were not released yesterday, 17th May 2020,” a statement issued by the ministry said. The ministry usually releases daily results between 10 pm and 1 am in the night.

“Following the presidential directive of allowing only truck drivers who test negative for COVID-19 into the country, samples from truck drivers had to be sorted appropriately and divided between Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) and the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) by the laboratory team for quick turnaround time. Testing at NHLS started 7:30 pm yesterday evening hence the delay in reporting results,” the ministry explained.

“Additionally, all truck drivers must undergo COVID-19 testing and receive results before proceeding to immigration at the borders. Foreign truck drivers who test positive for COVID-19 are advised to return their place of origin for treatment while Ugandan truck drivers will be admitted at the various hospitals for treatment,”

Currently, there are 57 admitted COVID-19 confirmed cases and all are in stable condition. So far, Uganda has registered a total of 63 COVID-19 recoveries.

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