63 samples tested on 1st April 2020 at the Uganda Virus Research Institute all confirmed negative for COVID 19, according to the Minister of Health Dr Ruth Aceng.
Members of Health Committee of Parliament visited Uganda Virus Research Institute to be briefed on the institute’s preparedness and capacity to test COVID-19.
11 new COVID 19 cases were confirmed positive on 31st March 2020. So far Uganda has a total of 44 confirmed cases of COVID19.
In a Television Address to clarify on the preventive measures President Yoweri Museveni issued on Monday night against the spread of COVID 19, he said out of the 176 people tested, 11 of them tested positive.
The Uganda Virus Research Institute has stepped up its capacity to test suspected cases of the Corona Virus Disease(COVID-19). The Institute has investigated various suspected cases of Corona virus but all tests have been confirmed negative.
The UVRI Director Prof Pontiano Kaleebu says the institute has so far received 20 samples and all tests have been confirmed negative.
He says the institute has the capacity in terms of staff and equipment to test for the Corona virus.
Prof. Charlotte Watts and other UK officials visited the Uganda Virus Research Institute in support for the activities of UVRI, MRC, IAVI etc. on the 16th of January, 2020. Professor Charlotte Watts is Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Department for International Development (DFID).
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