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Uganda revises coronavirus cases down to 145

Health minister Jane Ruth Aceng

Health minister Jane Ruth Aceng

Uganda has revised downwards its coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases from 264 to 145.

The new figure even includes the 10 new coronavirus cases confirmed from 1,497 samples tested today (9 truck drivers and one is a community case).

The new figure arises out the deduction of previously included foreign truck driver cases. Ministry of Health says they were directed by President Yoweri Museveni to revise the figures. 

On Wednesday another 11 foreign drivers tested positive and were returned back to their respective countries. To date, according to ministry of Health, 124 foreign truck drivers have been returned back to their respective countries. 

In the East African region, Kenya's coronavirus cases rose by 66 to 1,029 cases. The new cases include 64 Kenyans, one Rwandan and one Somali national. The number of recovered patients rose to 366 after another 8 patients recovered and got discharged from the hospital.  

Rwanda’s cases have risen to 314 after 6 new cases were registered from the 982 samples tested on Wednesday. The country also registered 7 more recoveries (total 216).

No updates have come from Tanzania whose confirmed cases still stand at 509 and 21 deaths. The active cases stand 183 but the government of President John Pombe Magufuli has been accused of concealing the true extent of coronavirus impact in the country. 

Burundi which went to polls on Wednesday, still has its cases at 42 while South Sudan’s cases stand at 290 with 4 recoveries.

Africa’s most infected country, South Africa recorded 27 new deaths (339 total) on Wednesday and 803 new cases. In Egypt, there were 21 new deaths and 745 new cases. Algeria registered 7 new deaths and 165 new cases. Madagascar registered 45 new cases. 

Globally, 5,057,280 people have been infected as of May 20 while 328,194 have died and 2,008,283 have recovered from the disease. 


+1 #1 kibedi nkuutu 2020-05-21 02:38
"Ministry of Health says they were directed by President Yoweri Museveni to revise the figures."

Who is in charge of the testing? Are we from now on going to rely on the President's word? These figures should be impartial and not influenced by the president.

Aceng, you will lose your credibility if you go this way. We shall stop believing in you, and your team. Do the right thing as you have been doing and don't let politics enter your filed of expertise.
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0 #2 Mama Mia 2020-05-21 14:25
Removing East African drivers from the list is suicidal and unnecessary. Hmmm!!!
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0 #3 Lysol 2020-05-21 17:56
The WHO guidelines on theCOVID-19, no one should be sent back to country of origin if tested positive in another country.

Uganda is in violation of those guidelines.
The EAC counties are sabotaging the economies of each other. A big joke for those who have been advocating for integration
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0 #4 Lysol 2020-05-21 18:15
It not a number game here. Like with HIV/AID infection, the numbers were inflated for both political and financial gains.

Now with the COVID-19, the number has been cut into half, to fool the world and make the corrupt regime look good in containing it.

How many Ugandans have been tested, so far aside from those truck drivers. We will know the exact number when the rest of the population is tested.
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0 #5 Akot 2020-05-21 18:31
kibedi nkuutu, well reasoned, but,

Don't forget that Museveni controls every institution & those in posts will do what it takes to please him!

Only Ugandans will determin what next; go on pointing fighers at one another or get rid of god Museveni in UNITY!

Museveni is afraid of covid-19, but not of powerless tribally divided & ruled Ugandans!

Funny, balless uneducated Acholi tribal leader is so quiet, waiting for Museveni to own Uganda & Acholiland!

Without UNITY, it's tribal survival Ugandans MUST go for, before covid-19 or virus Museveni concludes conquest & owns Uganda!
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0 #6 Amooti Mugi 2020-05-22 11:00
Quoting Mama Mia:
Removing East African drivers from the list is suicidal and unnecessary. Hmmm!!!

Mr. Mama Mia, thank you for your opinion.

The decision to expunge foreign truck driver numbers from Uganda's list of China flu positive cases has a twin benefit;

1. Give a true reflection of the China flu prevalence I Uganda.

2. To prevent the corrupt thieves from feeding off the backs of the brilliant team of doctors led by Dr.Ruth Acheng . The thieves smile to the bank when numbers become fictitious!!!

Remember the South Sudan refugee numbers and how thieves swindled the millions of dollars (as reported in the media couple of years ago )????

Ms Acheng proceed with your work. You have our full support and prayers, and the support of the president.
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0 #7 Francis 2020-05-22 19:40
Madam Minister am very happy finally you have now removed foreigners off our tally.

Let them remain in their countries period
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