Tanzanian national who tested positive in Uganda escapes from isolation


– The escapee was to be transported to Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital but escaped before an ambulance could reach his location

– The head of surveillance team Reagan Mutebi expressed concern the foreigner could infect other persons – Uganda recorded 106 new coronavirus cases in two days even as the government indicated it would ease lockdown orders Ugandan authorities are looking for a Tanzanian national who tested positive for coronavirus then escaped from an isolation centre.

The escapee had been placed isolation at an undisclosed health facility as health officials waited for an ambulance to transport him to Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital.

Minister of State for Primary Health Care Joyce Moriku Kaducu at one of the health facilities.

The head of surveillance team Reagan Mutebi expressed concern the foreigner could infect other persons, The East African reported on Tuesday, June 2. Earlier on the day, the Health Ministry confirmed an additional 32 new coronavirus cases increasing total cases to 489. Out of the new infections, 25 were foreign truck driver which also included 12 Kenyans who tested across the border points. The country’s director of health confirmed Uganda had recorded total of 79 recoveries and no COVID-19 related deaths.

The numbers rose in the last three days, with 40 other patients testing positive on June 1 while 84 confirmed on the previous day.


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