Health Minister, Dr.Jane Ruth Acen.

Two new cases have been confirmed for #COVID-19 in Uganda bringing the total to 58. the confirmed cases are of a truck driver and and a Burundian refugee picked from community.

According to Dr. Henry Mwebesa, Director General of Health Services at the Ministry of Health, the driver was confirmed from 929 samples tested from the border points of entry whereas the other case was from 248 samples picked from quarantine centers.

This brings a total of samples tested by Uganda Virus Research Institute to 1,177 samples as of end of day yesterday.

Dr. Mwebesa says that effective today, they have been directed by the World Health Organization to record all cases tested positive in the country irrespective of whether they are nationals from the neighboring countries.

“According to the international Health Regulations(IHR) requires that every case that is tested and confirmed for a particular disease should be registered as the host country’s case. It is therefore against this background that Uganda will capture all #COVID-19 positive foreigners including truck drivers as part of her confirmed cases and treated in Uganda”, he said in a statement.

However, two positive cases, one from Tanzania and another from Kenya all truck drivers  have been referred back to their countries after being tested positive here.

To date , five  truck drivers(one Ugandan,one Tanzanian and three Kenyans) have tested positive for #COVID-19.

Regarding the  46 year old Burundian refugee, resident of Nakivale Refugee camp who arrived from Tanzania on April 12 who tested positive yesterday, the statement notes, they are planning to evacuate him from quarantine in Rakai district to Masaka referral Hospital.