KAMPALA: Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda has gone into self Quarantine after some of the people he was in contact with tested positive for Covid-19.
“Friends, I have gone into self-isolation after some of my contacts tested positive for #COVID19. My own test result is negative, however, I have taken this decision as a health recommended measure,” the Prime Minister tweeted on Friday, just minutes after the Ministry of Health said 35 more people had tested positive for the virus, pushing the countries tally of confirmed cases to 557.
All confirmed cases are Ugandans, according to Dr Chrales Olaro, director health services.
Fifteen of the new confirmed cases are from 1,412 samples from points of entry while 20 are from 855 samples of contacts and alerts.
“Seven of the confirmed cases are truck drivers who arrived from South Sudan via Elegu border point, two are truckers who arrived from Kenya via Busia border point while three cases are from Lira, Malaba and Orabo points of entry,” Dr Olaro said in a statement posted on the Ministry of Health social media platforms.
Dr Olaro further revealed that two members of security team at Elegu border point are among the confirmed cases.
“Another confirmed case is a trucker who arrived via Ngomokomo, Gulu District. 2o of the confirmed cases are alerts and contacts to previously confirmed cases. These include; seven from Kenya, five from Amuru, three from Mayuge, two from Kyotera, one from wakiso, one from Dokolo and another from Amolatar districts,” he added.
Relatedly, 31 foreign truckers (18 Kenyans, seven Tanzanians, four Congolese and two Burundians) have been denied entry and handed back to their respective countries of origing after testing positive for the virus.
A total of 82 people have recovered and discharged from hospitals across the country, with no Covid-19 related death recorded since the first case was confirmed in March this year.