COVID-19 Positive Cases Rise as More Ugandans are discharged

  • by Brenda Nyangoma
  • April 23, 2020

Two new COVID-19 positive cases have been recorded, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Uganda to 63.

The new numbers were recorded on Wednesday by the Ministry of Health after testing 1,296 at the Uganda Virus Research Centre in Entebbe.

According to Dr Henry Mwebesa, the director general of health services at the Ministry of Health, one case was recorded from 550 samples that were taken from the community and quarantine centres while one case was from 746 samples tested from truck drivers at border points.

He said that one of the positive cases is a 43-year-old truck driver who arrived from Tanzania on April 17.

“However, he was a contact of a Tanzanian truck driver who tested positive on April 17, as they travelled in the same vehicle. Because of his contact with the confirmed case, the ministry decided to quarantine him at Mulago Hospital. A test conducted on him today [Wednesday] tested positive for COVID-19,” Dr Mwebesa said in a Wednesday statement. “He did not have COVID-19 signs and symptoms during quarantine.”

He said that another case is a 35-year-old Tanzanian truck driver who arrived at Mutukula Border Post from Dar-es-Salaam Tanzania who did not have any signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Uganda continues to register progress in the fight against the deadly virus having discharged 45 patients.

This means that although new cases are emerging, especially from outside the country, a good number has been treated and cured of the diseases.

Important to note is that no patient has been lost to the virus.