Uganda's Covid-19 Cases Jump to 88

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Uganda has risen to 88 after three samples tested positive on Saturday evening.

Two of the three samples are truck drivers, while one is a community transmission. The truck drivers one a Kenyan and the other a Burundian entered the country through the Malaba border crossing.

The community transmission is a 22-year-old male from Rakai district. He was identified during the ongoing community survey.

According to the Health ministry, the 22- year old is believed to have entered Uganda from Bukoba, Tanzania via a porous border. He is currently staying at home with his parents and efforts to evacuate him to Masaka Regional Referral Hospital and quarantine his family members are underway.

He is the second case that has been confirmed from the ongoing community survey that was launched by the Health ministry last week.

The first case is a 29-year old policeman from Masindi who was in charge of enforcing the overnight curfew in the district. He was residing in the police barracks at the time of the test. He has since been admitted to Hoima Regional Referral Hospital.

The police barracks have been cordoned off to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The three new cases were part of 2484 samples that were tested on Saturday at both the Uganda Virus Research Institute and the Makerere University Hospital. 1,922 of the samples tested were track drivers, while 562 were community samples

Ministry of Health officials are currently trying to locate the two truck drivers. They are also carrying out contact tracing of all the confirmed cases to curb the spread of the disease.

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