Three days ago, the media was shocked by reports of Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Ruganda going into a 14-day self-isolation after some of his recent contacts tested positive for COVID-19.
The reports caused a bit of panic as there were concerns that probably other several members of the cabinet could have contracted the deadly virus too, which could result in high infection rates.
The Prime Minister himself, later on, that day took to Twitter to confirm the reports. According to Dr. Ruganda, he had to go into self-isolation after some of his contacts tested positive of the coronavirus.
The members of the cabinet that Dr. Ruganda came in contact with haven’t been revealed, and neither did the Prime Minister make note of it in his statements. As the lockdown measures are being loosened up, this could be a sign of what lies ahead for Uganda as people return to the streets and town centers to resume their day to day business.
Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda had to go into self-isolation after certain members of the cabinet tested positive for coronavirus
According to Chano 8, the prime minister had to go into isolation due to orders given to him by the medical team as a recommended safety measure to prevent any other infections.
Reports also state that the reason behind the recent developments was as a result of the Ministry of Health undertaking mandatory coronavirus testing for all ministers in the country as part of their routine exercise since they travel to different parts of the state regularly.
The routine tests by the ministry are being conducted at the President’s office and started on Friday 5 June. With private and public transportation services resuming around the country, the Ministry of Health should endeavour to put up more strict regulations in regards to transportation or the country could see itself registering new infection rates in the next few weeks.
As of Sunday, Uganda reported 23 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections to 616. Out of the 2,494 samples collected from cross-border cargo truck drivers and communities over the last 24 hours, 23 Ugandans have tested positive for the virus.
Source: Chano 8
Author: Allan Bangirana
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