Uganda’s Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng clarified that the country has no confirmed case of the coronavirus as of Monday, March 16.
Dr Aceng made the remarks following speculation that an individual who went to a health centre may have had the virus.
On Sunday, a health worker who spoke on condition of anonymity said that a tour guide who presented symptoms of the coronavirus was quarantined on Saturday after visiting a health centre at Kihihi town council in the western district of Kanungu.
Local media reported that the man visited the health facility after his situation deteriorated and was experiencing signs and symptoms related to coronavirus disease.
“Happy to note that samples from the suspected COVID-19 case in Kanungu district who presented with symptoms similar to COVID-19 have tested negative. I urge the public to remain calm but vigilant. Uganda has no confirmed COVID-19 case, as of today,” Dr Aceng said on her official Twitter account.
Uganda and Burundi are the only East African countries yet to report confirmed positive cases of the coronavirus.
On Monday, Tanzania on confirmed its first case of the coronavirus in the country, a 46-year-old woman who returned from Belgium on Sunday aboard a RwandAir plane.