Fear has engulfed several Ugandans after the Ministry of Health announced on Monday that Uganda had registered eight new cases of Coronavirus, bringing the number of infections to nine.
The minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, made the revelation on Monday night and urged Ugandans to stay calm and maintain hygiene.
Dr Aceng said that “All the eight cases are Ugandan nationals who travelled back from Dubai, UAE; two on March 20 and six on March 22, 2020 aboard the Emirates and Ethiopian Airlines flights. This brings the total number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in the country to nine.”
She added that all those who tested positive had fever upon screening. and that at least 2,661 travellers, including Ugandans, had been identified as a potential risk and put either under self-quarantine or institutional quarantine, according to the minister.
“Of these, 1356 are under follow up; 774 of these are under institutional quarantine while 582 are under self-quarantine,” she noted.
Dr Aceng, however, revealed that the first confirmed case, who is a man, said to be a resident of Kibuli, Kampala but is undergoing treatment at Entebbe Grade B Hospital, is steadily responding to medication.
“We have adequate testing kits. We have all the information about the passengers who travelled to Dubai. We have the manifest and all the necessary information,” the minister said.
“We have all the information about the passengers who travelled to Dubai. We have the manifest and all the necessary information,” she added.
Dubai was earlier not reported as a high-risk country according to the international situation report.
“But from the statistics, we now call upon all those who travelled for Dubai in the last two weeks to call our health desk and be tested for their own safety and the safety of all other Ugandans,” Ms Aceng added.
Meanwhile, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is set to address the nation the fourth time about the Coronavirus Pandemic and how to prevent its spreading.
In the Presidential Address, which is slated to take place at 4:00 Pm, Museveni is expected to issue new guidelines that will be followed by Ugandans following an outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic in Uganda.
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