Masindi man tests positive for Covid-19

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Masindi district has registered the first case of Covid-19 after the Minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Acheng, flagged off the rapid assessment survey team this week.

The minister said another case was of a Kenyan truck driver who entered Uganda through Busia border.

“The confirmed cases are a 35-year-old Kenyan male truck driver who arrived via Busia border. Our tracking system shows that he returned from Kenya. The second case is a Ugandan male from Masindi district who was confirmed by a rapid assessment survey”, Dr Acheng announced on Saturday morning.

The two new cases have raised the total number of Covid-19 infections to 85 in Uganda.

Uganda is still under lockdown till May 5, but the new infections have raised fears that since results from the rapid assessment survey team will inform the phased lifting of the lockdown.

WFP implements Standard Operating Plans to reorganise food distributions to protect staff, partners and beneficiaries from COVID-19 infection at Savane Resettlement Centre, Dondo District, Sofala Province in Mozambique on March 31, 2020. Photo: WFP/Rafael Campos

All samples from the survey are being tested at Makerere University laboratory.

Out of 2,454 samples tested at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI), all 399 from the community tested negative for Covid-19.

So far, 27 truck drivers have tested positive for Covid-19 in Uganda. Out of these, 17 have been returned to their home countries while 10 are admitted at different hospitals in Uganda.

To date, Uganda has discharged 52 people who have fully recovered from the coronavirus and has not registered any death from the disease.

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