Two Ugandan truck drivers are among four new patients as total positive cases rise to 126-the ministry of health said on Tuesday night.
“Today, 12th May 2020, 4 new COVID-19 cases confirmed from 1,478 samples of truck drivers,” the Ministry said
The new cases include 2 Ugandans, 1 Kenyan who arrived via Elegu and 1 Tanzanian who arrived via Mutukula border.
All 233 samples from the community tested negative for COVID-19. A total of 1,711 samples were tested for COVID-19 on Tuesday.
Currently, Uganda has a total number of 126 COVID-19 confirmed cases, 56 recoveries and no fatalities.
Speaking via video conference with the EAC heads of State including the EAC Chairman President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta of Kenya and President Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan, President Museveni on Tuesday suggested that joint medical teams test the truck drivers from where they start their journeys and at designated stops.
In the other news, more than 40 American nationals were flown out Uganda after the government cleared yet another flight for persons held in the country by ongoing COVID-19 lockdowns. They left Entebbe international airport aboard Ethiopian Airlines on Tuesday evening.
Up to 1,600 foreign nationals have left the country since Uganda suspended passenger flights on March 25 to control the spread of coronavirus disease-COVID-19
Meanwhile, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on religious leaders Tuesday to play a key role in addressing the coronavirus pandemic and the recovery from it.
“We know from previous public health crises — from HIV/AIDS to Ebola — that the actions of faith leaders influence people’s values, attitudes, behaviors and actions,” Guterres said at an online gathering of religious leaders and diplomats. “And with this influence comes responsibility to work together, putting aside differences, and to translate our common values into action.”
Religious leaders from the three major monotheistic faiths — Christianity, Islam and Judaism — issued their own calls at Tuesday’s session for solidarity, unity and fraternity in this time of global suffering and uncertainty.