Uganda’s coronavirus cases surge to 139 as 13 new infections are confirmed on Wednesday

13 cross-border cargo truck drivers tested positive for COVID-19 in Uganda Wednesday, taking the countrywide total of COVID-19 infections to 139, the health ministry said in a statement.

Out of the 1,741 samples collected from truck drivers, 13 tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the statement added

The new cases include 7 Ugandans and 5 Kenyans and 1 Eritrean who arrived in the country from Tanzania, South Sudan and Kenya via Mutukula, Elegy and Malaba checkpoints.

“All 363 community samples have tested negative for COVID-19,” the statement added.

A total of 2104 samples have been analyzed on Wednesday.

The Ministry of Health has on Wednesday May 13 officially discharged five Tanzanian Truck drivers from Arua Referral Hospital who had tested positive for COVID-19.

The official discharge was presided over by the State Minister for Primary Health Care Dr Joyce Moriku Kaducu and a team from the World Health Organisation, the Ministry of Health and of COVID-19 task force officials.

Dr Joyce Moriku said that the truck drivers, who have spent 20 days in the Treatment Centre were discharged after testing negative to subsequent COVID-19 tests.

She said the discharged cured truckers shall remain at the treatment centre until a communication is received from the Embassy of Tanzania to receive and pick them.

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