Two new cases of COVID-19 were recorded out of the 2,071 samples tested at Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI)-the ministry of Health said on Thursday night.
This brings the total confirmed cases to 83 in Uganda.
The two males, aged 27 and 55 arrived in Uganda via Malaba and Busia border points respectively. According to ministry of Health, all 492 community samples tested negative.
In total, 2,071 samples were tested on Thursday at the UVRI while the number of recoveries still stands at 52. Of Uganda’s cases, 23 cases have been registered from truck drivers.
Rwanda on Thursday registered 18 new cases of Coronavirus, bringing to 243 the total number of infections in the country.
A total of 1,140 samples were tested. Rwanda blames the “rise on cross-border truck drivers.” No details of the cases were given, but an estimated 400-500 trucks cross from Tanzania daily.
Tanzania coronavirus cases still stand at 480, Kenya registered 12 new cases taking its national tally to 396. DR Congo cases hit the 500 mark after 9 new cases and one death were recorded on Thursday.
On Thursday, Health ministers and officials from Kenya and Uganda agreed on a new protocol that would ease the clearance of truck drivers at entry points. All Kenyan truck drivers will now be tested from at departure points in Mombasa according to Kenya’s Health ministry.
meanwhile, The 2020 Catholic Uganda Martyr’s Day feast slated for June 3 has been called off due to the impact of the coronavirus
In a letter addressed to all members of the Uganda Episcopal Conference, Bishop Joseph Anthony Zziwa, the conference’s chairperson, echoed the need to postpone the feast as the right decision given the prevailing circumstance which has made worship and celebration of the Eucharist, sacraments and other liturgical-pastoral activities very difficult.
“The position of Masaka Diocese should be understood in light of the fact that organizing the celebrations requires frequent meetings. It demands unfettered movement of persons. Above all, with the virus still alive in many countries including Uganda, it is not certain when restrictions on gatherings and movements will be lifted,” observed Bishop Zziwa.