Nine frontline health workers from Kampala have tested positive for Covid-19, the Ministry of Health has confirmed.
In a statement released on Saturday evening, the nine health workers are from Kampala and part of the 36 new confirmed cases bringing the total confirmed cases to 593.
“Results from samples tested on 05 June 2020 confirm 36 new COVID-19 cases. The total confirmed cases are now 593 all new confirmed cases are Ugandans and among alerts and contacts,” reads the statement.
It added, “9 are frontline health workers from Kampala, 1 contact from Buvuma, 15 contacts from Kyotera, 2 contacts from Mayuge, 1 contact from Pader, 8 contacts from Yumbe”.
The Ministry said, all the contacts to previously confirmed cases were under quarantine at the time of testing.
So far, 17 health workers have tested positive, among these are 4 nurses, 2 Doctors, 2 Ministry of Health senior level staff and today’s nine cases.
The Uganda Medical Association had advised Medical workers to lay down their tools if they’re not provided with enough personal protective equipment given the increased infections among the health workers.
The Ministry tested 648 samples from the Points of Entry and 344 samples from alerts and contacts totaling to 1310 samples.
11 foreigners from earlier collected samples tested positive for Covid-19.
On Friday 05th June, the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda announced that he went into isolation after coming into contact with some people who have been diagnosed with Coronavirus.
“Friends, I have gone into self isolation after some of my contacts tested positive for COVID19. My own test result is negative, however, I have taken this decision as a health recommended measure,” Rugunda tweeted
The same Friday, four Kampala Capital City Authority officials were evacuated after developing Coronavirus symptoms.
According to the Minister of Kampala Betty Amongi, the four staff are among those that tested positive today.
Uganda has so far, regiatered 82 recoveries and no deaths.