By Our reporter
Uganda has confirmed eight more cases of Coronavirus,making the total nine since the first case was reported on Saturday 21st March 2020
In a briefing, Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said all the patients are Ugandan nationals who travelled from Dubai.
She said they have all been isolated as all the persons who came into contact with them are being traced.
She said all cases in Uganda are from Dubai. They either traveled on Emirates or Ethiopian Airlines. All cases are people coming in from Dubai,â€ she noted.
The minister says the first patient who tested positive on Saturday is stable.
According to the president, there was a possibility that the confirmed case, a 36-year-old male resident of Kibuli, Kampala, picked the virus on his way from Dubai where he had travelled for a business trip.
The confirmed case is said to have travelled to Dubai on March 17, 2020, and returned to Uganda on March 21, before he was identified and quarantined.
The president told Ugandans to avoid using public means of transport as one of the ways to avoid the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, Rwandaâ€™s Ministry of Health has confirmed 17 new more cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) bringing the number of people diagnosed with the virus in the East African country to 36.
In a statement released Monday, March 2, 2020, the patients, who comprised five travelers from Dubai, three from Kenya, two from the US, and two from Qatar and India each have been isolated, as persons who came into contact with them are being traced.
The authorities said one contact of a previously confirmed case was identified through tracing.
In a bid to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) which has ravaged the world, the government of Rwanda on Saturday, March 21st declared a countrywide lockdown.
Other measures include a temporary ban on non-essential travel between different cities and districts across the country, while all employees both in the public and private sectors will work from home.
No one has died of the virus in Rwanda. All markets and shops selling foodstuffs and other essential groceries remain open.
Other services that are open include hospitals, banks, pharmacies, petrol stations, among others while public transport will also be allowed to remain in operation to service the providers of these essential services.
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