KAMPALA —Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Uganda have risen to 160 after 21 new cases, all truck drivers tested positive for the virus on Thursday.
The new cases include Ugandan truck drivers, Kenyans, Tanzanians and South Sudanese who arrived via Mutukula, Busia and Elegu borders
Their samples were among the 1,593 samples that were tested on Thursday May 14 at the Uganda Virus Research Institute, Entebbe.
“All 303 community samples have tested negative for COVID-19,” the statement by Ministry of Health said adding that a total samples tested today stand at 1,896.
The drivers who tested positive have been coming from neighbouring countries including Kenyan, Tanzania, South Sudan among others.
The minister of Health Jane Ruth Aceng has said the rapid assessment survey has revealed that there is no community transmission of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Uganda.
Addressing the nation today about the COVID-19 status, Aceng said out of 14,061 participants of the targeted 23,000 samples, only four sporadic cases tested positive including; two police officers, a Ugandan student returnee from Bukoba in Tanzania and a truck driver in Rakai.
Aceng says this translates to just 0.03% community transmission.
On April 28, 2020, the ministry of Health flagged off a rapid assessment survey to determine the prevalence of coronavirus disease in communities in the country.
The survey targeted blood samples, nose and throat swabs from random individuals including the riskiest personnel such as the clergy, market vendors, police and army officers.
Aceng said from the rapid assessment survey there is indeed no COVID-19 transmission within the Ugandan community. She said Uganda’s coronavirus risk, for now, remains cross-border truck drivers.
Meanwhile, Kenya’s cases rose to 758 after another 21 new cases out of the 1,486 samples and 2 new deaths (42 total) were registered on Thursday.
Kenya’s recoveries rose by three to 284. The 8 Tanzanian truck drivers who tested positive at Namanga and Isebania borders were denied entry into Kenya. To date, Kenya has tested 36,918 samples.
Rwanda today recorded no new case out of the 895 samples tested while 4 more patients recovered from coronavirus to take the total number of recoveries at 168. There were no updates from Burundi and Tanzania whose cases still stand at 15 and 509 cases respectively.
Total cases stand at 76,189 as of May 14. The continent registered 56 new deaths and 2,216 new cases. South Africa registered 665 new cases and 19 new deaths.