11 cargo drivers who arrived in Uganda from Kenya and Tanzania have tested positive for Coronavirus, Ministry of Health has said.
The new infections bring a total number of Coronavirus cases in Uganda to 74 with 46 recoveries and zero deaths.
According to the Ministry the new patients are 6 Tanzanian truck drivers who arrived via Mutukula border post and 5 Kenyan truck drivers; 3 arrived via Malaba and 2 arrived via Busia border posts.
The Director General of Health Services Dr Henry Mwebesa has since issued a statement in relation to the 11 new cases.
“The Ministry of Health confirms eleven (11)COVID -19 positive
cases from 1,020 samples tested from truck drivers at border points of entry.
All 311 samples taken from the community and quarantine centres have tested negative for COVID-19,” part of the statement reads.
He added; “A total of 1,331 samples were tested today at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI). The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases now is 74. None of the cases registered today had signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19. “
Mwebesa said that o the 11 confirmed cases; 6 were Tanzanian truck drivers who arrived from Tanzania via Mutukula border post, 5 were Kenyan truck drivers (3 entered via Malaba border post and 2 via Busia).
“The Ministry of Health appeals to the general public to remain calm, but vigilant.”