Starting tomorrow, July 16, all legislators are to be screened for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga has said.
The decision to test the 452 MPs and 400 staff followed an engagement with officials from the ministry of Health officials who guided that MPs needed be tested based on their engagements which have put them into contact with different people since the outbreak of the pandemic.
All cabinet ministers have also been subjected to the same screening. None of the ministers tested positive although earlier, Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda went into self-isolation after one of his aides tested positive for the virus.
Kadaga said that the MPs will be organized by the clerk to parliament and tested in clusters. Kadaga rejected the MPs' request to have their family members also tested, insisting that the arrangement is strictly only for legislators. One female MP has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus. The media was tipped about the matter by two MPs who did not want to go on record.
However, Hellen Kawesa, the acting director of corporate and public affairs said they have not received any official communication in relation to the matter, adding that they have only seen similar reports on social media. Uganda's confirmed coronavirus cases increased by 3 to 1,043 from the 1,928 samples tested yesterday. 20 more patients recovered and got discharged from hospital, increasing the total number of recoveries to 1,004. Uganda has not recorded any COVID-19 deaths yet.