Rugunda heads the National Covid19 Task force and has been meeting several people on the task force and receiving relief donations. He however, couldn’t disclose the number of people who will be tested.
Several members of staff in the Office of the
Prime Minister-OPM are being screened for COVID-19. Julius Mucunguzi, the OPM
spokesperson has confirmed the ongoing testing of their staff.
The decision to test the staff members was
reached after two drivers in the OPM tested positive for the disease. They
were part of 2,267 people whose samples were tested on June 4, 2020. 35 samples
tested positive, out of which seven were from Kampala.
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Following the release of the test results, the Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda
who tested negative for disease went into self-isolation for 14 days. It is still
unclear how the prime minister came into contact with the drivers who tested
positive a source in the Prime Minister’s office, says one of the drivers drove
the prime minister last week.
Rugunda heads the National Covid19 Taskforce
and has been meeting several people on the task force and receiving relief
donations. He, however, couldn’t disclose the number of
people who will be tested. The Health Ministry says the testing exercise, which
begun on Friday and is expected to end today.
Diana Atwine, the Health Ministry Permanent Secretary and Member of the COVID-19 the task force, says they will also be testing all task force members and ministers. "We have begun testing all ministers and all persons who
have been coming into close contact with the public. The task force has been
receiving so many people and as such will be tested as well," Dr Atwine
Testing of high-risk people comes at a time when the country
has begun easing the nationwide lockdown. As of June 6, 2020, Uganda had
557 confirmed Covid19 cases. Over 80 cases have been released from the hospital
after having recovered.