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Uganda: President Museveni directs health ministry to cut COVID-19 tally in half

Uganda has announced new figures in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases after President Yoweri Museveni directed the ministry of health to exclude foreign drivers from the tally.

As of Wednesday, Uganda had 260 confirmed cases of coronavirus, but the health minister now says that after the revision, Uganda has 145 cases.

“Today, 20 May 2020, 10 new cases of coronavirus confirmed. Nine of the new cases are truck drivers, while one is a contact case. According to a Presidential directive of deducting all foreign truck drivers from Uganda’s count, our total confirmed cases now stand at 145.”

The health minister Jane Aceng said that the infected foreigners will be counted in their respective counties.

The minister further said that the infected foreign nationals have been presented to their countries, but did not disclose their nationalities.

Official reports as of Wednesday indicate that Uganda has not recorded any coronavirus-related deaths so far.

The government announced that it will be giving free masks to citizens aged six and above before opening schools for candidates who will sit for end year examinations.

Part of the other eased regulations will see public transport vehicles carrying half of the passenger capacity.

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