The number of COVID-19 cases in the country has risen to 203 after 43 more people tested positive to the virus.
The new cases comprise 15 Ugandans, nine Kenyans and four Eritreans who entered the country through the Elegu border point.
Six cases including five Tanzanians and one Burundian entered through Mutukula while five Kenyans, two Ugandans, one Burundian and one person who nationality is unknown entered through Malaba.
The new cases were part of 1,838 samples that were tested last night at Uganda Virus Research Institute and at the Mutukula Point of Entry Laboratory.
Earlier on today, the health ministry commissioned the first Port Health laboratory in the country which will use Genexpert technology with the ability to run 64 tests per hour.
During the commissioning, the health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng said the new laboratory will help stop positive truck drivers from being a threat to communities. During an interview with the press, Atek Kagirita the COVID-19 incident commander at the Ministry of Health said that the country’s main focus now in fighting COVID-19 was controlling truck drivers whom he said will definitely be tamed with the support of Ugandans. END