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Isolated Foreigners Test Negative to Coronavirus

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The four foreign nationals that were isolated after showing signs of Coronavirus (COVID-19) have tested negative, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health Dr Diana Atwiine has confirmed.

Earlier this morning, the ministry released a statement urging the public to remain calm as confirmatory tests were being conducted at Uganda Virus Research Institute following isolation of suspects that were picked from Entebbe Airport over the weekend at Entebbe Regional Referral Hospital.

Atwiine says that the results have tested negative to the disease whose global risk has been upgraded to very high” – the top level of risk assessment by the World Health Organization (WHO).

She adds that to date, no case of the virus has tested positive of the 11 suspected cases that have so far been isolated at Entebbe Hospital.

As of today, according to the World Health Organization, there were 87,137 confirmed cases of the disease globally whereby 1,739 were new cases.

Of these, 79,968 were recorded in China where the disease started from in December.

Outside China, 7,169 cases have been confirmed with some 104 people succumbing to the respiratory disease.

In China, 2,873 deaths have been recorded, 35 of these just yesterday.

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