The Ministry of Health has confirmed five new cases of Coronavirus disease-COVID-19 in Uganda. This brings to 14, the number of people who are infected with the virus.

Among the infected is an eight months old baby from Iganga district, whose father had previously traveled to Kisumu, a town in the Neighboring Kenya, a 64-year-old Ugandan from Najjanankumbi, who returned from  Germany and a 57-year-old trader with no travel history,  currently admitted at  Adjuman hospital.

The other two are Chinese nationals, who were recently arrested from Zombo district, after escaping from quarantine, according to an update by Dr. Henry Mwebesa, the Director-General of Health Services. The update indicates that the country is now recording cases of local transmission of the virus.

Uganda’s first case of COVID -19 was confirmed last week after a 36-year-old man who had traveled to Dubai for Business presented with high temperatures eventually testing positive for the respiratory syndrome that has so far claimed 19,101 lives across the globe. 428,217 others have tested positive for the disease.

However, by today, 109,241 had recovered from the disease that takes a toll on the lungs and causes severe pneumonia.  Of those that are still sick, 286,746 at 96 percent have a mild infection whereas 13,129 are in critical condition.

Uganda’s first case, the Ministry of Health says in stable condition and his appetite has improved. 764 are under institutional quarantine. 1,431 high-risk travelers have completed their 14 days and have been issued certificates.
But the Ministry has only heard from 60 of the 574 travelers who returned into the country from Dubai in the past two weeks. These were, as of yesterday, attended to at Mulago National Specialized Hospital for assessment.


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