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Uganda Registers First COVID-19 Case, President Shuts Down Borders, Flights.

By Sarah Mazirwe – Kampala, Uganda, Monday, March 23, 2020. 

Yoweri Museveni – Uganda’s President.

Uganda at about midnight of March 21, 2020, registered the first case of covid-19, the Health Minister, Ruth Aceng announced.

The patient is a 36-year-old Ugandan who was from Dubai aboard Ethiopian airlines.  

He touched the airport at 2:00 am ( East African Time), but he was immediately isolated after showing abnormal temperatures at 38.7°C.

“During the screening process at the airport, his temperature was at 38.7°c. This prompted the health team to isolate him at the airport for further follow up at Entebbe Grade B hospital,” Aceng said. 

The health team still monitored him and subjected him to subsequent temperatures taken at an interval of 30 minutes with no change, while the nasal swab was taken for analysis at the Uganda Virus Research Institute ( UVRI) for testing.  

“The results from UVRI showed that the sample tested positive for COVID in-19,” Aceng confirmed.

Uganda’s President, Yoweri Museveni earlier in the evening of March 21, 2020, had provided new strategies to combat and prevent COVID-19 in Uganda.

“No persons Ugandan or otherwise shall come on land or water except cargo transport like trailers, lorries. No Buses or Minibusses or saloon cars or  Boda Bodas will be allowed to cross borders,” he ordered.

In order to adhere to the presidential border closure directive, about 100 Congolese were blocked at the Uganda-Democratic Republic of Congo, Vurra border Sunday morning.

While travelers at Uganda, Rwanda border at Katuna also had about 88 stranded travelers.  

Museveni, in his third address to the nation, empathized the need for observing measures as stipulated by the health ministry.

If you’ve cold and cough, stay at home, please even at home, protect your children. Even if you don’t have your own means of transport such as bicycles, motorcycles, and cars, stay at home, I have not banned public transport means yet,” he noted.  

Museveni ordered the shutting of institutions of learning and religious centers on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, when the country had not registered any cases of Coronavirus.

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