By Keefa Nuwahereza
The Ministry of Health has announced that the number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in Uganda has risen to 253 after 31 truck drivers tested positive on Tuesday.
Announcing the results of yesterday’s COVID-19 tests, officials from the Ministry tweeted thus; “Today, 26 May, 2020, 31 new COVID-19 cases confirmed. The total confirmed cases are now 253.
23 new cases are from the Points of Entry while 8 new cases are contacts to previously confirmed truck drivers.”
They added that; “The contacts were under quarantine at the time of test. 20 positive foreign truck drivers (16 Tanzanians and 4 Kenyans) were handed over to their country of origin. Total COVID-19 Recoveries: 69
Samples from Points of Entry tested today: 896
Samples from community and contacts: 220
Total samples tested today: 1,116”
This however comes at a time when the Ministry of Health is doing everything possible to prevent truck drivers from entering the country through all border points, as a way of curtailing the spread of Coronavirus into Uganda.
It should be noted that as a way of preventing the spread of COVID-19, the government of Uganda through the Ministry of Health has embarked on an exercise of distributing face masks to all Ugandans and exercise will take two weeks, as per President Yoweri Museveni’s directives.