Uganda’s Minister of Health Dr Jane Ruth Aceng announced on Monday night that Uganda has confirmed 8 new cases of coronavirus.
According to the minister, all the new patients are Ugandans who traveled from Dubai. Six of the 8 cases were intercepted at Entebbe Airport and 2 were picked from the areas of self-quarantine.
The 8 cases were confirmed after testing 35 samples. This brings the total number of cases in the country to nine in less than three days.
Dr. Aceng reassured the country that they have enough test kits, and is expecting more from the World Health Organization later this week.
The minister noted out that Dubai was not among the high-risk countries. “We are calling upon all those who traveled to Dubai recently to come up or call us for a medical check-up,” the minister added.
Aceng said that to date, 2,661 travelers identified as potential risks, including Ugandans, are under either self-quarantine or institutional quarantine.
This comes a day after President Yoweri Museveni announced closure of the borders to human traffic.
It was also revealed at the press briefing that the eight Chinese who escaped from quarantine and were heading to DRC, are back in Kampala where tests have been done. After results are out, they will be taken to court.
The global death toll from the virus is over 16,000, with the number of confirmed cases exceeding 372,000, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University in the U.S.
The virus emerged in Wuhan, China last December and has spread to at least 167 countries and regions around the globe.