Rise of coronavirus in Uganda

Health: Uganda’s Coronavirus cases rise to 507

Uganda on Wednesday said 18 more people had tested positive for Covid-19 as the country’s tally of confirmed cases rose to 507.

Four of the new cases are truck drivers who arrived from South Sudan via Elegu while two cases are from Malaba.

The Ministry of Health said 12 cases are alerts and contacts to previously confirmed cases.

Of these, eight are from Amuru, three are from Buikwe District and one is from Kyotera District.

Relatedly, 21 positive foreign truck drivers (13 Kenyans, 3 Tanzanians, 4 Eritreans and 1 Congolese) were handed to their country of origin.

So far, 82 people who previously tested positive for the virus have recovered and have been discharged from hospitals across the country.

Meanwhile, there was panic in Buikwe District when results of the three cases came out.

All the three confirmed cases are samples taken from vendors at Najjembe market in Najjembe division, Lugazi municipality in Buikwe District.

Dr Richard Bbosa, the Buikwe District health officer said the ministry informed them about the positive cases at Najjembe market where they conducted mass testing.

“We have got information from the ministry of health that three people from Najjembe have tested positive.

As a district, we have 18 positive cases now which means the disease is increasing in our district.

We are now looking for their contacts so that we can quarantine them,” Dr Bbosa said.

Dr Bbosa said the district health team lacks enough funds and equipment to conduct testing and monitoring of quarantined cases.

Najjembe Market in Mabira forest on Kampala-Jinja road in lugazi municipality is known of its roasted delicious chicken where travelers enjoy so much.