Uganda Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng has disclosed that their president, Yoweri Museveni has asked them to reduce the number of coronavirus cases from 264 to 145. They were asked to do so by excluding all the foreigners who had tested positive in Uganda from the equation.
According to the World Health Organisation, the country had confirmed 264 cases by Wednesday, 20th but the Health Minister Jane Aceng said the number has now been reduced to 145 after revision.
Health Minister Aceng said that the count of all infected foreign truck drivers will be added to their respective countries given they were ordered to return to their home countries.
“Today, May 20, 2020, 10 new COVID-19 cases confirmed. Nine new cases are truck drivers while one case is a contact case. Following a presidential directive of deducting all foreign truck drivers from Uganda’s total confirmed case count, the confirmed COVID-19 cases now stand at 145,” said Aceng.
11 foreign truck drivers handed over to their country of origin
Samples of truck drivers tested today: 1,264
community samples tested: 233
Total samples tested today: 1,497
No COVID-19 related death registered to-date in Uganda.
— Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng (@JaneRuth_Aceng) May 20, 2020
She said that the country had handed over 124 infected foreign drivers to their respective countries since the president made the directive. They, however, did not disclose the respective nationalities of those who had been sent home.