Uganda’s COVID-19 cases rise to 281 as more contacts test positive

Uganda has registered 28 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday May 28—bringing the number to 281.

The confirmed cases came from 2004 tested on Wednesday as more seven Ugandans who came into contact with truck drivers tested positive.

The Ministry of Health said they were all under quarantine at the time of test.

The Ministry of Health also says 21 new cases are truck drivers who arrived from South Sudan via Elegu while 7 cases are contacts to previously confirmed truck drivers.

The contacts were under quarantine at the time of test, the ministry says.

The country also denied entry to seven truck drivers (4 Tanzanians,1 Eritrean,1 Congolese and 1 Burundian) who tested positive at the border.

Previously, truck drivers were allowed to enter the country before getting their results and would be tracked if their tests returned positive.

However, the truck driver now have to wait for their results. If they test positive, foreign drivers are denied entry while Ugandan drivers are immediately taken for treatment.

Since March 21 when the first case was confirmed in the country, Dr Mwebesa said they have registered 69 recoveries.

Uganda revised its tally downwards following President Museveni’s directive to block foreign truck drivers who test positive for the virus. The president said any foreign trucker who tests positive for the virus at border point should be handed over to their country of origin as one of the ways to mitigate the risk of spreading the virus to the community

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