Uganda has on Saturday confirmed its first coronavirus case after a patient tested positive for the virus.
The news was announced by Uganda Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng who said the patient had arrived from Dubai and had a high temperature and poor appetite.
Samples from the patient were taken in for testing as each test was conducted in an interval of 30 minutes for accurancy purposes.
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“The confirmed case is a 36 year old Ugandan male who arrived from Dubai at 2:00am today, Saturday 21 March 2020 aboard Ethiopian airlines. He presented with symptoms of high fever and poor appetite.”
All passengers aboard the plane have also been placed under quarantine and the patient is being held at an Entebbe Hotel.
The news have prompted President Yoweri Museveni to address the news in the evening on the necessary steps they need to undertake to curb it from spreading further.
“In light of confirmation of a COVID-19 case in Uganda, I will today, at 4pm, address the country on what further steps to take so that we curb the possible spread of this disease.”
On Saturday, President Museveni had announced a ban on all international flights with those being accepted into the country being citizens only.
He also sealed border points with cargo trains being allowed to move around as East African leaders find a way in dealing with the pandemic.