COVID-19; Uganda’s Confirmed Cases up to 52

The Ministry of Health registered four new cases of COVID-19 bringing the number of confirmed cases to 52 by Sunday evening. The four cases were part of 300 samples tested on the same day.

Some of the samples were from quarantine centres taken before people under institutional quarantine are released.  According to the health ministry, the testing of suspected cases has helped stop the spread of the disease. So far, over 2,900 samples have been tested at the Uganda Virus Research Institute.

Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng advised Ugandans to follow the WHO guidelines of social distancing, washing hands and sanitizing, in order to ensure that the caseload is managed.

“Out of 300 samples tested today, four are positive for COVID-19. This brings the total number of COVID-19 confirmed cases to 52 in the country.  Let us stay home and stay safe,” she said.

Reports from the ministry show that all confirmed cases are stable and receiving treatment at Mulago National Referral Hospital, Hoima, Adjumani and Entebbe General hospitals. So far Uganda has not reported any cases of recovered or dead patients.

The news of the four patients comes at a time when the country is entering its second week of a 14-day total lockdown aimed at forestalling the spread of the disease as the ministry tries to locate over 2000 travellers. Whether the new cases will lead to an extension of the lockdown is unclear as of now.

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Abitegeka Gerald

The News Editor ,Reporter at Kagadi Kibaale community Radio

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