Uganda: 8 new cases confirmed for COVID-19 as recoveries rise
Last Updated on: 7th May 2020, 07:44 pm
Ministry of Health on Monday evening confirmed eight new cases of coronavirus infections.
Eight of the new cases are truck drivers from neighbouring countries who entered the country via Mutukula and Malaba borders respectively.
Below are brief statistics [details] from the Ministry of Health via Twitter
♦️ Today, 4 May, 2020, 8 new COVID-19 cases confirmed.
6 out of 2,061 samples of truck drivers while 2 cases are from the community.
🔸 5 truck drivers arrived via Malaba border post while 1 arrived via Mutukula
🔹 1 community case is a resident of Kyotera District while the other is a Ugandan truck driver from Mutukula.
🔹 Total COVID-19 confirmed cases: 97.
🔸 Total samples tested today: 2,246
🔹 Total discharges: 55.
On Monday, President Museveni addressed the nation – giving guidance to the citizens as the country tries to avoid further spreads and more infections.
In his address, Mr Museveni relaxes partial lockdown, allowing insurance and law firms to resume operations. Government also decided that restaurants should resume services but strictly it should deal in “takeaways”.
Other institutions allowed to resume operations include: wholesale shops, hardware shops, warehouses, repair shops and garages.
Ministry of Health has launched a new campaign dubbed “TONSEMBERERA” loosely translated as “Keep Your Distance”. The campaign is part of the Ministry’s many efforts in trying to stop further spread and infections of the virus to Ugandans.
Dr Jane Aceng – Minister of Health in her message has asked Ugandans to keep a 4 meter distance whenever they are in public places.
This campaign will run for more than 30 days.
What are the symptoms of the coronavirus disease?
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea.
These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80 percent) recover from the disease without needing special treatment.
Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing.
Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.
People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention