Uganda has confirmed its first positive coronavirus case.
Health Minister Jane Aceng revealed the news on Saturday night.
“The confirmed case is a 36-year-old Ugandan male who arrived from Dubai at 2:00 am today, Saturday 21 March 2020 aboard Ethiopian airlines. He presented with symptoms of high fever and poor appetite,” the Ministry of Health said on its official Twitter account.
“During the screening process at the airport, his temperature was 38.7. This prompted the health teams to isolate him at the airport for further follow-up. Subsequent temperatures taken at intervals of 30 minutes and one hour remained the same,” the ministry added.
“The public is hereby requested to remain calm and vigilant and to report any suspected cases, call our toll-free lines on 0800-203-033 and 0800-100-066,” Jane Aceng, Health Minister said.
This comes hours after the government announced to have suspended any flights coming from outside.
“Passengers will not be allowed beginning midnight on Sunday 22 March 2020. No passenger planes will be allowed to enter or leave the country. Apologies for the inconvenience caused,” President Museveni had said.
“Starting 12:00 pm on Sunday 22 March 2020, no passenger planes or human movement allowed to enter or leave the country. Only Cargo planes and their crew members will be allowed in the country,” he added.
“No pedestrian or person riding a bicycle, Boda Bodas, or vehicles will be allowed to enter Uganda by land or water. Except for cargo vehicle drivers and their crew members not exceeding three,” President Museveni.
That leaves the major countries in the East African region all having COVID-19 cases.
As of Saturday, March 21, the number of global coronavirus cases hit 300,000 with confirmed deaths standing at 12,962.
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