By Daniel Amule

The Director General Health Services, Dr Henry G. Mwebesa has announced 5 new cases of COVID-19 in Uganda.

While addressing the nation on 25th March 2020 he stressed that following the declaration of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Ministry Of Health has increased the capacity of call centers to handle more calls at the same time effective 25th MARCH 2020. Call center agents have been increased from 20 to 100 and will continue to work in shifts for 24 hours daily”

The Director General Health Services, Dr Henry G. Mwebesa also emphasized that following the appeal to all individuals who traveled from Dubai in the past 2 weeks, a total of 574 individuals have been listed countrywide.

“We have so far screened 60 travelers at Mulago National Specialized Hospital. We further direct all persons who traveled from Dubai in the past 2 weeks to come to Ward 2A at Mulago National Specialized Hospital (New Mulago) for assessment”

To date, a total of 2,661 travelers including Ugandans identified 1,230 are under follow up, 764 are under institutional quarantine, 466 are under self-quarantine and 1,431 high risk travelers have completed their 14 days of follow up

He also informed the nation that there are 5 new cases are: 3 Ugandans and 2 Chinese. The 2 Chinese are part of the 6 who were intercepted in Zombo District.

”As of today, 25 March 2020, there are 5 new confirmed cases for COVID-19 bringing the total number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in the country to 14.

The public should remain calm and practice the preventive measures. Wash your hands always and maintain a social distance of 4 meters. End