COVID19 Cases at 457 as President Museveni prepares to address nation later tonight

Posted: 2020-06-01T10:25:34Z Read: 1,157 times
COVID19 Cases at 457 as President Museveni prepares to address nation later tonight

Ugandans are anxious to hear what President Yoweri Museveni will say tonight in his national COVID19 speech as the country’s confirmed cases rise to a record 457.

The president is expected to give a final communication on whether public transport will indeed return to business on Thursday 4th June, or he has changed mind, due to an increase in cases.

On Sunday May 31st (yesterday), the ministry of health confirmed 40 cases of COVID 19, bringing the number to 457.

A press statement released this morning indicates that 23 cases are among samples tested from points of entry, while 17 are from samples of contacts and alerts. 

20 of the cases were truck drivers from South Sudan via Elegu point of entry, 2 were also truck drivers who arrived from Tanzania through Mutukula point of entry while 1 was a truck driver from padea point of entry.

17 confirmed cases are from contacts of previously confirmed cases, including 2 from Gulu, 1 from Jinja, 3 from Amudat, 3 from Wakiso, 2 from Amuru, 1 from Yumbe, 2 from Zombo and 3 from Nebbi districts.

31 foreign truck drivers who tested positive at the borders were also handed over back to their countries of origin.

Currently, Uganda has 303 cases admitted at 15 referral hospitals across the country and are all in stable condition. 

With the number of cases going higher, with the record highest being 84 that were confirmed on Saturday, may think the president may not accept opening the country or public transport, especially with free government masks delaying for yet another month.

Currently, Cabinet is sitting and will agree on what steps to be taken next.