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Uganda confirms first corona virus COVID-19 case in a 36-year-old Ugandan male who arrived from Dubai on Saturday at 2.00 am aboard Ethiopian Airlines.
Red Cross and Ministry of Health workers at corona virus screening center- Mpondwe boarder, Kasese District
Uganda confirms first corona virus COVID-19 case; By Tusiime Edward.


Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng the minister of health has confirmed Uganda’s first corona virus COVID-19 case in a 36-year-old Ugandan male who arrived from Dubai on Saturday at 2.00 am aboard Ethiopian Airlines.

Aceng says the patient was identified immediately from the airport and isolated at Entebbe Grade B hospital. Key symptoms of corona virus COVID-19  include dry cough, shortness of breath and fever. The virus is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes and the droplets land in the mouths and noses of another person.

Addressing a press conference at 11 pm,  Aceng said the patient, a resident of Kibuli, Kakungulu Zone in Kampala travelled to Dubai 4 days ago for a business trip and all the other passengers who travelled with the patient on the same flight are under quarantine and have so far tested negative.


A person can also get infected with corona virus COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or eyes.

The infection seems to start with a fever, followed by a dry cough and after a week, it can lead to shortness of breath. 

The president of Uganda, His Excellence Yoweri Museveni on Saturday announced the closure of the airport and all border entry points to all incoming travelers including Ugandan nationals. 


Stay aware of the latest information on the corona virus COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. 

Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. 

Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub (sanitizer) or wash them with soap and water.

Why? 

Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Why? 

When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the corona virus COVID-19 if the person coughing has the disease.


Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Why? 

Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Practice respiratory hygiene

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

Why? 

Droplets spread virus. 

By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and corona virus COVID-19.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

Why? 

National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider

Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from corona virus COVID-19.

Why? 

National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether corona virus COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.

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