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By Mulengera Reporter

Uganda’s health ministry has spoken out on a suspected case of the Covid-19 Coronavirus that was reported in the south-western district of Kanungu at the weekend.

On Saturday, a tour guide, who hails from Kamene in Kihihi Town Council, took himself to Kihihi Health Centre IV after presenting symptoms similar to those of the deadly disease that has claimed about 6,000 lives the world over.

The suspected patient had guided tourists from Canada over a fortnight before he started suffering from chest pain, flu, fever, cough and a cold. (See: SUSPECTED CORONAVIRUS PATIENT ISOLATED IN KANUNGU).

His blood sample was taken to the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) at the weekend. And today, the Health Ministry has issued a statement on the case.

“Results from the suspected case from Kanungu who presented with signs and symptoms similar to Covid-19 have tested NEGATIVE at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI),” read a statement tweeted via the ministry’s official Twitter handle. “As of today, Uganda has NO case of Covid-19.”

The ministry has continued to emphasize measures the public needs to undertake in order not to contract the viral disease. These include: good hand hygiene habits such as regularly washing hands with soap and water or use of an alcohol-based hand gel; and maintaining a distance of at least one metre away from someone who has flu-like symptoms.

Members of the public have also been advised to avoid handshaking and hugging “at all times.” Ugandans suffering from flu have also been urged to stay away from public places and gatherings.

Four of Uganda’s neigbours have confirmed Coronavirus cases. These are DR Congo, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania. About 20 of Africa’s 55 nations have reported Covid-19 infections in recent weeks.

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