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Revised number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Uganda are 61

The Ministry of Health confirms one COVID-19 positive case from 651 samples tested from truck drivers at border points of entry. All 368 samples taken from the community and quarantine centers tested negative for COVID-19.

A total of 1,019 samples were tested yesterday at Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI).

WHO Guidance on Foreigners’ cases confirmed in Uganda

The World Health Organization (WHO) International Health Regulations (IHR) require that every case is counted and treated in a country where it was tested and confirmed.

Therefore Uganda is required to add five (5) positive cases of foreigners truck drivers to our statistics including one Tanzanian and four (4) Kenyans. This includes the two cases who had earlier gone back to their home countries (Kenya and Tanzania)

Given W.H.O’s guidance, the revised number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Uganda are 61.

Yesterday’s confirmed case is a 32 year old Kenyan truck driver who arrived at Malaba border post from Kenya. He did not have any signs and symptoms of COVID-19. He was tested as part of the standard procedure for all cargo transporters entering Uganda. Arrangements to evacuate him to Entebbe Hospital for treatment are underway.

Ministry of Health Clarifies on two dead bodies from Dubai and Qatar.

Ministry of health acknowledges intercepting two (2) dead bodies of Ugandans from Dubai, U.A.E and Doha, Qatar and clarification is that the cause of death of the individual from Dubai was an accident. The body arrived at Entebbe International Airport on Saturday 18th April, 2020 and the body was buried safely.

The cause death of the individual from Doha, Qatar was reported as Acute Respiratory Syndrome. The body arrived at Entebbe International Airport on Sunday 19th April 2020 and was received by A-Plus and two relatives of the deceased. The Ministry of Health and Uganda Red Cross teams took over the burial ceremonies from A-Plus and accorded the deceased a safe and dignified burial in Kayunga District.

However, six (6) A-Plus staff and two (2) relatives who received the body before intervention of Ministry of Health were put under a 14 day institutional quarantine in Kayunga.

Uganda has not registered any COVID-19 death.

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