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Uganda’s Coronavirus Cases Rises To 203 As 43 More Truck Drivers Test Positive

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Uganda hits 203 after forty three more cargo truck drivers tested positive. This is so far the highest number of positive cases the pearl of Africa has recorded in a single day.

The fresh cases are among the 1,838 samples from the regional cargo truck drivers that were tested on Friday (15th May-2020).

The breakdown of the new cases according to point of entry and nationality is:

Elegu point of entry: 15 Ugandans, 9 Kenyans, 4 Eritreans
Mutukula point of entry: 5 Tanzanians, 1 Burundian
Malaba point of entry: 5 Kenyans, 2 Ugandans, 1 Burundian
1 nationality unknown

All 720 community samples have tested negative for COVID-19. Total COVID-19 recoveries: 63 Total samples tested today: 2558

The Minister of Health, Jane Aceng and State Minister for Health in charge of General Duties, Hon. Robinah Nabbanj commissioned the first Port Health laboratory in Mutukula, Uganda. This is a gene expert laboratory with 2 machines and capacity to run 64 samples per hour.

All truck drivers arriving via Mutukula point of entry will be tested for COVID-19 and results given within 45 minutes. “If you are found positive, you cannot proceed with your journey..if you’re negative, you are released,’Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said.

Positive patients will be treated at Masaka Regional Referral Hospital. However, if the truck driver is non-Ugandan, he/she will be given two options:

1. Stay in Uganda and receive treatment
2. If he/she wants to go their home country, they will be appropriately guided to do so.

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