Uganda: Coronavirus Cases Now 52 as 377 are Discharged from Mandatory Quarantine


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Uganda now has 52 confirmed cases of Covid-19, a disease caused by coronavirus, after confirming 4 new cases on Sunday, according to the Ministry of Health.

Dr Henry Mwebesa, the Director General Health Services in the Ministry of Health says the 4 new confirmed cases are part of the 300 cases that were tested at the Uganda Viral Research Institute (UVRI) on Sunday.

They all were in quarantine at the time of conducting the test. He however says non of them shown any signs and symptoms of Covid-19.

All the 4 cases are Ugandan nationals who returned from Dubai in United Arab Emirates on March 22.

They include a 22-year-old male resident of Wakiso District, a 66-year-old female resident of Luzira in Kampala, a 66-year-old female resident of Jinja and a 26-year-old male resident of Rubaga in Kampala.

Mwebesa says, “All the 52 confirmed Covid-19 cases are in stable condition at Mulago National Specialised Hospital, Entebbe Grade B Hospital, Adjumani and Hoima hospitals.”

Meanwhile, on Sunday, 377 individuals who have been under institutional quarantine were discharged. A total of 602 remain under institutional quarantine while 834 contacts to the confirmed cases are under follow up.

Uganda has not yet registered any death due to Covid-19.

The first cases of the disease already declared as a global pandemic were confirmed in China in December last year and 1,266,771 people have since been infected globally, 69,177 died and a total of 261,126 recovered.

To stem out the spread of the disease in Uganda, government put in place a number of measures including directing Ugandans to stay at home and observe social distancing, prohibiting the use of private vehicles as well as declaring a daily night curfew.

Government also stopped all passengers coming into Uganda by air, land or water affecting only in-coming planes, buses, taxis or boats as well as prohibiting pedestrians who were coming into the country on foot from the neighbouring countries.

All public passenger transport vehicles including taxis, coasters, buses, passenger trains, tuk-tuks (tri-cycles) and bodabodas were also stopped as well as allowing only food sellers to remain in Markets.

Government started by banning all public gatherings including suspending school going, entertainment events, church services and weddings for a period of one month to reduce the risk of transmitting the Coronavirus.

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