Kampala – Ministry of Health has on Monday, May 18, announced 21 new cases of the novel coronavirus rising Uganda’s COVID-19 infections to 248.
In a statement issued by the Health Ministry, D. Henry Mwebesa, the Director-General Health Services, confirmed the 21 new cases tested positive from 1,071 samples from various border points on Sunday.
The 21 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases were Ugandan nationals with 17 registered the Elegu border, 3 at Mutukula and 1 at the Malaba point of entry
Dr. Mwebesa, in the statement, affirms that a total of 1,324 tests were done with all the 253 community samples testing negative.
In the same announcement, Dr. Mwebesa rubbished the fake results – authored by unscrupulous persons via a fake Ministry of Health twitter account went viral.
“The Ministry of health has noted fake results were being communicated by malicious persons via a fake Ministry of Health social media page stating that 105 truck drivers have tested positive,” said Dr. Mwebesa clearing the air on the authenticity of the results
He added: ” The Ministry would like to inform the General public that COVID-19 results were not released yesterday, 17 May, 2020.”
The Director-General Health Services further embodied the president directive of allowing only truck drivers who tested negative for COVID-19 to enter the country.
“Samples from truck driver had to be sorted appropriately and divided between the Uganda Virus Research Institute and the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) by the lab teams for quick turn-around time. test at NHLS started at 7:30pm,” Dr.Mwebesa explains the delay in the release of the results.
With the new Presidential directive, all truck drivers must undergo COVID-19 testing and receive results before proceeding to the immigrations at the Border points.