Uganda’s Prime Minister Dr. Rugunda goes into quarantine after his contacts test positive for COVID-19

Going into isolation: Ugandan Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda; File Photo

Uganda’s Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has announced he will be going into a 14-Day self-isolation raising fears that several members of the cabinet could have contracted the deadly coronavirus.

Through his Twitter handle, Dr. Rugunda noted that he is isolating himself after some of his contacts tested positive for COVID-19.

He however did not mention who his contacts are, but reports indicate that they are members of the cabinet in government.

Dr. Rugunda, a medical doctor states that he took the decision as a recommended health measure.

However, the new development comes after the Ministry of Health announced mandatory coronavirus testing for all ministers in the country.

According to the MOH, the tests are a routine exercise since ministers travel to different parts of the country meeting different people in their course of duty.

The tests will be conducted in President’s office starting Friday 05 June.

The development comes days after seven front-line health workers in Uganda also tested positive for coronavirus and the number of positive cases for COVID-19 are rapidly rising.

The total number of positive cases in country now stands at 557 after results from tests done on 4th June revealed 35 new positive cases.

All the new 35 cases are Ugandans 15 of whom are from cases collected at entry points while 20 are from samples of contacts and alerts.



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