Earlier today, the minister of health Jane Ruth Aceng, confirmed that there are eight new cases of COVID-19 in Uganda.
Currently Uganda has nine confirmed cases. According to WHO, there are 334,981 confirmed cases in 189 countries and 14,652 deaths.
Alluding to the minister, the eight cases are Ugandan nationals who traveled back from Dubai, UAE on the 20/03/2020 and on the 22/03/2020 aboard the Emirates and Ethiopian Airlines flights. Samples were taken from them upon arrival and released to go for self quarantine. To ministry of health’s dismay, eight out of the 36 samples tested positive.
The eight confirmed cases are in Kayunga, Nkokonjeru, Nsangi, Makindye, Ntinda,and Rubaga division.
The eight confirmed cases are currently in the community. According to world health organisation (WHO), the pandemic is Spreading at a terrible speed that is to say one person to three people a day. The eight are estimated to have infected over 24 people.
To date, a total of 2,661 travelers including Ugandans identified as potential risk have been either under self-quarantine or institutional quarantine. Of these, 1,356 are under follow up; 774 of these are under institutional quarantine while 582 are under self-quarantine.
She appealed to all travelers who have been in Dubai in the past two weeks to call the health desk on 0800-100-066 or 0800-203-033 for further follow-up.
Mean while, the President is today expected to address the nation in regard to the confirmed new cases and emphasize precaution measures setup by WHO.