Uganda’s Cabinet Ministers Take Mandatory Tests for Covid-19 as PM Goes into Isolation

Minister Frank Tumwebaze taking a mouth swab test for Covid

Uganda’s Cabinet Ministers have begun undergoing tests for coronavirus as cases of the virus in the country peak over 500.

Reports emerged on Thursday that the President asked that all Ministers take tests for Covid following reports that some of their colleagues were found to be positive. There was fear that the others could have been exposed. 

All Cabinet ministers will undergo mandatory tests on Friday. Minister for Gender, Labour and Social Development, Frank Tumwebaze has already confirmed to having taken the test. He posted a photo on Twitter of a medic conducting mouth swab test on him.

On Friday, Uganda’s Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda announced he was subjecting himself to self isolation after he got into contact with people who have been diagnosed with coronavirus.

“Friends, I have gone into self isolation after some of my contacts tested positive for COVID-19. My own test result is negative, however, I have taken this decision as a health recommended measure,” Rugunda said.

On Thursday, the Ministry of Health confirmed a new COVID-19 case among health workers bringing the number of Health workers infected to 8.Uganda’s total number of cases now stand at 522. 

There are no Covid related deaths in Uganda so far.

The cases have risen drastically in recent weeks owing to the spike in cases of truck drivers from neighboring countries found to be infected. The recent updates by the Ministry of Health point to an upward trend in the cases of Covid in communities across Uganda. 

Since Sunday, alerts and contacts of previously confirmed cases from 12 districts have tested positive. There is a possibility these had also interacted with other members in their communities.

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