The minister of Health Dr. Ruth Aceng on Monday night announced eight more new cases of Coronavirus in the country.
This brings to 9 the total number of Coronavirus cases in the country. The minister told journalists in Kampala that all the cases came from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
“All the eight cases are Ugandan nationals who travelled back from Dubai, UAE; two on March 20 and six on March 22, 2020 aboard the Emirates and Ethiopian Airlines flights. This brings the total number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in the country to nine,” Dr Aceng said.
The victims include a 37-year-old from Rubaga division, Kampala traveled to Dubai, 35-year-old resident of Ntinda, Kampala arrived from Dubai on March 22, 34-year-old resident of Makindye, Kampala, 30-year-old resident of Seguku, Kampala, 28-year-old resident of Baale, Kayunga, 35-year-old from Nkokonjeru Nsangi.
As of Monday, at least 2,661 travellers, including Ugandans had been identified as potential risk and put either under self-quarantine or institutional quarantine, according to the minister.
“Of these, 1356 are under follow up; 774 of these are under institutional quarantine while 582 are under self-quarantine,” she added.
#COVID19 Uganda today got 5 new cases of corona virus that tested positive, bringing the total to 6 in two days! Now the real music is going to begin. Govt needs to take even more draconian measures to control movt of people perhaps even banning all public transport!
— Andrew M. Mwenda (@AndrewMwenda) March 23, 2020
The minister said a total of 1,305 high risk travellers have completed their 14 days of follow up.
The first confirmed case is said to be stable at Entebbe Grade B Hospital.
Meanwhile Police Monday issued new directives for public transport operators
Under the new orders, commuter taxis will only carry two passengers. This means taxis will carry 9 passengers as opposed to 14.
In the other news, President Museveni has ordered the dismissal of police officers involved in corrupt practices in the war against the deadly Coronavirus.
According to a memo from the office of Police’s Director Operations, all Regional Police Commanders have been told to take serious note that H.E and the Cabinet sitting at State House today (on Monday) expressed with great concern how corrupt police officers are frustrating the implementation of HE’s Directive.
According to the memo, One of them is by aiding persons to escape from quarantined places, Secondly, by aiding travelers into the country at border (Airport, Road, and water points) without being cleared by Ministry of Healthy led team
Public transport has been suspended in Morocco to curb the spread of coronavirus.
The government has taken drastic measures to tackle the pandemic as the number of people who have contracted the virus has reached 108 in the North African country.
Authorities have decided to ban the movement of people between cities using private or public transport. As part of this trains, local flights and ferries have been suspended.