COVID19: Patient toll rises to 9 in Uganda

Following the Saturday announcement where Uganda confirmed its first case of COVID19, the Minister of health Dr. Ruth Aceng has on Monday mid-night announced more 8 cases of Coronavirus disease in Uganda, bringing to a total of 9 victims in the country. The Minister while addressing the press at health ministry headquarters in Mulago said, out of the 8 new cases, 6 victims were intercepted at Entebbe airport from Dubai while 2 case are part of the team that had been quarantined.  “The ministry conducted 35 test samples and 8 of them tested positive for COVID19,” stated Aceng.

The first victim, also journalist traveled to Dubai on March 17th to carry on some business. Upon his return on March 21 through Entebbe International Airport, the 36-year old was found with high body temperature (38.6 degrees) and was later quarantined before his nasal samples were taken to the Uganda Virus Research Institute – UVRI for testing. By Saturday 9.00 pm, UVRI had confirmed the victim’s sample, and later, Minister Aceng declared how the virus had jetted into the country.

Over 378,400 COVID19 cases have been registered world over, out of whom, 16,490 have succumbed. Even though Entebbe international airport has since been closed to passenger planes, residents remain on tension as all the victims are reported to have gone through the same airport and yet, more entry points on lake Victoria have not been secured from foreign nationals ever since the outbreak of coronavirus disease.

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