Uganda lowers COVID-19 testing charges

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ELEGU, UGANDA - 2020/05/28: A health worker dressed in a protective suit as a preventive measure collects swab samples from a truck driver to be tested for coronavirus at the Elegu border point. He will have to wait days for the result. Uganda closed its borders in March to everyone except cargo planes and truck drivers. (Photo by Sally Hayden/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
ELEGU, UGANDA – 2020/05/28: A health worker dressed in a protective suit as a preventive measure collects swab samples from a truck driver to be tested for coronavirus at the Elegu border point. He will have to wait days for the result.
Uganda closed its borders in March to everyone except cargo planes and truck drivers. (Photo by Sally Hayden/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Ugandans will now pay US$50 for testing for COVID-19. This is according to a statement by the Ministry of Health. The reduction in testing from US$65 to US$50 has been attributed to the resumption of international flights in the region.

This will apply to truck drivers at the different points of entry, individuals seeking to know their Covid-19 status, people seeking Covid-19 certificates for international travel, organizations (both government and private) that wish to test their staff for purposes of prevention, and Ugandans and visitors from abroad without negative Covid-19 certificates, among others.

‘’I would like to inform you that the cost of transporting laboratory testing kits and other supplies from the point of manufacture to the country has reduced due to resumption of international flights,” part of the statement reads.

For patients who present COVID-19 symptoms, the government will offer free testing.

This comes after the Ministry of Health on Friday confirmed 122 new Covid-19 infections as the number of virus cases rose to 11,163. The Ministry also confirmed one more death as fatalities rose to 99.

So far, 7,269 people who previously tested positive for the virus have recovered and been discharged from hospitals across the country since March 21, when the virus outbreak was confirmed in the country.

A total of 532,332 samples have been tested for the virus since March this year.

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