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One new case of COVID-19 confirmed in Uganda

By Hannington Mutabazi

Added 15th April 2020 02:28 AM

The new case is a 38-year-old male truck driver who arrived in the country from Kenya via Malaba on April 12.

One new case of COVID-19 confirmed in Uganda

The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country now stands at 55.

The new case is a 38-year-old male truck driver who arrived in the country from Kenya via Malaba on April 12.

HEALTH  VIRUS 

KAMPALA - The Ministry of Health has confirmed one new case of COVID-19 in Uganda out of the 625 samples tested yesterday at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI).

The new case is a 38-year-old male truck driver who arrived in the country from Kenya via Malaba on April 12.

The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country now stands at 55.

Of the samples, 372 were from truck drivers at the border points of entry while the 253 were from contacts in the community. 

In a press statement, the ministry said the new patient didn't have any signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19. "He was tested at Malaba border point as part of our routine test for truck drivers," the statement reads.

The health ministry, also revealed that a male Kenyan truck driver aged 27 was found positive among the truck drivers tested. According to the ministry, arrangements to return him to Kenya for treatment are being made.

The health ministry is currently testing all truck drivers (cargo transporters) for COVID-19 who came into the country via the various points of entry.

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