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COVID-19 cases in Uganda shoot to 52

April 06, 2020 02:20 AM @ugandaonline

Ministry of Health has confirmed that 4 samples out of the 300 that were tested turned out to be positive, making the total number 50+ Ugandans have been urged to stay at home as that seems to be the best preventive measure possible given the circumstances. The four were under quarantine and returned into the country from Dubai on May 22.

Uganda now has 52 confirmed coronavirus cases

According to the last official update, Uganda has added four more new cases to the 48

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According to a tweet from Ministry of Health, the confirmed cases for COVID-19 in Uganda now stand at 52.

The four additional cases are Ugandans who returned from the United Arab Emirates, Dubai on March 22, 2020. At the time of the test, the four were under quarantine.

"4 new COVID-19 cases confirmed, today out of 300 samples tested at @UVRIug. Total confirmed cases in Uganda stands at 52," a source from the Ministry of Health tweeted.

The four new cases are a 22 year old male from Kikokiro, Wakiso, a 66 year old female from Luzira, Kampala, a 65 year old female from Jinja and a 26 year old male from Rubaga.
 


 

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In the same vein, 377 individuals have been discharged from institutional quarantine, 602 are still in under institutional quarantine and 834 contacts to the confirmed cases are under follow up.

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The Ministry of Health has appealed to the general public to be calm and vigilant while practicing preventive measures and most importantly staying at home.

The four cases were out of the 300 samples that were tested at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) on April 5, 2020.

Uganda is currently under lockdown with limited movements for the essential workers. A curfew is also in place that kicks off at 7:00pm and ends at 6:30am. 

The latest four cases are being announced at the time when the authorities were warning all those converging in the morning hours all in the guise of jogging and exercising along the highways. They've been asked to stop it hencewith as it is against the social distancing preventive measure.

COVID-19 USSD Helpline launched

In the efforts to fight the spread of the Coronavirus, a COVID19 USSD helpline from NITA has been created and it is free of charge for Airtel and MTN subscribers. On dialing *260#, you can be able to do the following;

  • You can request for a test,
  • Report a case,
  • Receive COVID-19 District Personnel info,
  • COVID- 19 sample collection centers,
  • Get RDC Contacts,
  • Get SMS Alerts.

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