The new cases is Ugandan truck driver who arrived from Juba via Elegy. His sample was part of 2,296 other samples that were tested today at the Uganda Virus Research Institute
COVID-19 Test. Uganda's cases rise to 122
Uganda has registered a new case of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total number of cases to 122.
The new case is a Ugandan truck driver who arrived from Juba via Elegu. His sample was part of 2,296 other samples that were tested today at the Uganda Virus Research Institute, Entebbe.
This brings the number of confirmed Ugandan truck drivers to over 10. The drivers who tested positive have been coming from neighbouring countries.
Ministry of health officials say that they are tracing the driver and all the people he has come into contact with.
To reduce on risk of spread from positive truck drivers, the health ministry is going to launch on site testing at the Malaba and Mutukula border posts this week. They are also planning on using genexpert machines which will enable drivers leave points of entry with results.
Prof. Pontiano Kaleebu, the executive director of the UVRI says that the genexpert machines can release results within one hour.
"The tests released using a genexpert machine take around 45 minutes to an hour. This means drivers will get their results before they leave border posts," said Prof. Kaleebu.