Uganda Records 31 New Covid-19 Cases on Day One of Eased Lockdown Restrictions

Health Minister, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng

Uganda’s covid-19 count count stands at 253 following the confirmation of 31 new cases from a total of 1,116 samples tested on Tuesday, May 26.

This is the same day private vehicles were permitted to move and several have flouted the curfew hours while other drivers were stopped and reminded by police to wear mandatory masks while in public or company of other people.

According to the Ministry of Health, 23 of the the new cases are truck drivers while 8 are previous contacts of truck drivers who were under quarantine at the time that they were tested.

20 foreign  truck drivers who tested positive, including 16 Tanzanians and 5 Kenyans, were handed back to their countries’ authorities for treatment.

The newly launched laboratories to test for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in different parts of the country, at the border points and in Kampala cannot conduct as many tests as promised because of lack of reagents, the Ministry of Health revealed on Tuesday.

During the launch, Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng promised that 10,000 samples would be tested. However, the daily results released by the Ministry of Health range between 1000 and 2500 as was the case before the new laboratories were put to use.

Responding to a question about the issue on Tuesday, Minister Aceng said some of the laboratories including the mobile ones at the border of Uganda and Kenya in Malaba, and the one at the border of Uganda with South Sudan at Elegu, have not yet started tests even as everything is intact. She said they are awaiting for reagents.

She said the matter was beyond as the lack of reagents is a global challenge. She explained that orders for reagents are reviewed by an established global consortium to assess each country’s need.

Uganda has registered no covid-19 related death.

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