Coronavirus: Uganda records more COVID-19 cases from foreign truck drivers

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Yesterday, The Ministry of Health of Uganda confirmed two COVID -19 positive cases: one (1) case from 929 samples tested from truck drivers at border points of entry and one (1) from 248 samples taken from the community and quarantine centres. A total of 1,177 samples were tested today at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI). The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases now is 58 (This includes the 2 Kenyans truck drivers who are currently being treated in Uganda).

The International Health Regulations (IHR) requires that every case that is tested and confirmed for a particular disease should be registered as the host country’s case. It is therefore against this background that Uganda will capture all COVID-19 positive foreigners including truck drivers as part of her confirmed cases and treated in Uganda.

To-date, 5 truck drivers (1 Ugandan, 1 Tanzanian and 3 Kenyans) have tested positive for COVID-19. Out of these, 2 truck drivers (1 Tanzanian and 1 Kenyan) had already been repatriated to their respective countries for treatment.

New confirmed cases:

Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, Uganda’s Health Minister
  1. A 46 year old Burundian refugee, resident of Nakivale Refugee Camp who arrived from Tanzania on 12th April 2020. He did not have signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19. He was under quarantine in Rakai District at the time of test. Arrangements are underway to evacuate him to Masaka Referral Hospital.
  2. A 28 year old Kenyan truck driver who arrived at Malaba border post from Kenya. He did not have any signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Arrangements to evacuate him to Entebbe Grade B hospital are underway.

Furthermore, the Kenyan truck driver who tested positive for COVID-19 on 19th April 2020 was evacuated to Entebbe Grade B Hospital and is currently undergoing treatment.

Hospital Discharges

Yesterday, 10 more patients who were under treatment at Entebbe Grade B Hospital fully recovered, tested negative twice for COVID-19 and discharged. The total number of patients who have been discharged is now 38.

Contacts

A cumulative of 1,466 contacts to confirmed cases have been listed to date. Of these, 1,143 have completed the mandatory 14 day follow up period while 323 contacts to confirmed cases are being followed up by the surveillance teams.

The Ministry of Health reminded all travelers that arrived in the country from abroad between 7th – 22nd March 2020 to allow the Ministry’s surveillance teams collect samples from them for checkup.

In the same vein, the Ministry encouraged all practices of preventive measures and stay at home.

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