Ugandan man tests positive for coronavirus, Health minister says

Tuesday March 24 2020
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Uganda's Health Minister Ruth Jane Aceng who said the country's first coronavirus case which was confirmed on March 21, 2020 is a 36-year-old Ugandan man who arrived from Dubai aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight. PHOTO | DAILY MONITOR

By DAILY MONITOR

Uganda has reported its first case of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

Health Minister Ruth Jane Aceng said the confirmed case is a 36-year-old Ugandan man who arrived from Dubai on Saturday at 2am aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight.

Dr Aceng said the man is a resident of Kibuli Kangungulu Zone in the capital Kampala.

"The confirmed case had travelled to Dubai on the 17th of March, four days ago for business purposes. At the time of his travel he was in good health," Dr Aceng said Sunday.

ISOLATED

The Health minister said the man is currently isolated at the Entebbe Grade B Hospital.

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“The confirmed case presented with high fever and poor appetite. He is not coughing neither did he have flu. However, the persistent fever prompted the health workers to isolate him,” said Dr Aceng.

The Health minister added that the man’s nasal swab was sent to Uganda Virus Institute for analysis and the results showed that the man had contracted Covid-19.

All the passengers who travelled with the man are under quarantine with their passports being held by the government.

BORDERS CLOSED

On Saturday, President Yoweri Museveni announced that Uganda was closing all its border points to prevent people from crossing into the country in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

“Humans crossing into Uganda from the different border points are prohibited going forward. This is until we find coordination at the East African level. Please stay where you are. We are not against anyone but this is about manageability,” President Museveni said on Twitter.

Additional reporting by Aggrey Mutambo