COVID-19 UPDATE: Uganda gets relief as 398 samples taken on Saturday test negative

Dr Henry Mwebesa says all the 398 samples test on Saturday returned negative (PHOTO/File).

KAMPALA — All 398 samples tested for COVID-19 at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) in Entebbe today Saturday April 04, have all returned negative.

It is a good news day in Uganda as the country’s confirmed cases remain at 48.

According to a press release by the Ministry of Health signed by the director-general Health Services, Dr. Henry Mwebesa, a total of 980 are under follow-up in institutional quarantine while a total of 915 contacts of the confirmed cases are also under follow up.

Saturdays MoH statement also adds all the 48 confirmed COVID-19 cases are in stable condition at Mulago, Entebbe Grade B , Adjumani and Hoima hospitals.

Dr. Mwebesa also announced that one of the COVID confirmed cases, a pregnant woman today delivered a baby girl at Entebbe Grade B Hospital. He said both mother and baby are in good heath.

“A sample will be obtained from the baby for COVID-19 testing,” he said.

Dr. Mwebesa re-emphasized that Uganda has not registered any COVID-19 related death.

The Uganda government has taken firm steps to prevent the spread, including instituting a total lockdown in the country with movement of persons restricted and a night curfew enforced.

The initiatives are intended to give the Ministry of Health the opportunity to trace all the persons at risk of contracting and spreading the virus such that it’s threat is completely decimated.

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