President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has on Friday disclosed that 4 more returnees from Dubai in the country have tested positive for COVID-19. This takes the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Uganda to 18. The president took to his social media platforms where he has been giving daily updates on the pandemic.
The 4 confirmed cases had been under institutional quarantine in hotels and have now been taken to Mulago Hospital for better treatment.
The confirmation of the 4 follows a massive COVID-19 test drive for people who had recently travelled to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and another category one countries, and their associates.
“Yesterday, the 26th of March, another 197 people were tested and many of them were returnees from Dubai or another category one countries, only 4 tested positives,” the President Tweeted.
These 197 were tested a day after another 104 had had their samples checked. According to the President, the 104 tested on Wednesday 25th March all tested negative for COVID-19.
The President is confident that measures taken up by the Ministry of Health to curb the spread of the Coronavirus especially at Entebbe International Airport are working considering that the new cases were already in quarantine before and at the time they were confirmed.
“It seems, therefore, that the efforts of identifying by temperature monitoring at the airport, quarantining the people on whom there's some suspicion and tracing the ones who escaped from the quarantine, is working well,” the President tweeted.
Uganda now has 18 confirmed cases most of which include individuals that recently travelled to Dubai in the UAE. The 18 are now at the Mulago intensive care Unit being taken care of. According to the President, the 14 confirmed before today are recovering.
“The 14 people who are hospitalized at Entebbe, Mulago and Masaka with the virus are responding well to the treatment and seem to be improving,” says the President.