(Thessherald)–In response to today’s rumors about COVID-19, the Ugandan Ministry of Health has strongly dismissed the reports posted on social media and advised members of the public not to lend plausibility or trust any media outlets.
“The Ministry of Health’s attention has been drawn to social media posts making rounds of an article stating that “Uganda has confirmed a COVID-19 case” from the website http://ucrtv.com/uganda-confirms-first-case-of-coronavirus/,” said the Ministry of Health.
The statement urged the public to ignore allegations aimed at raising fears among citizens.
“The Ministry of Health would like to inform the general public to disregard this baseless rumor spread by individuals with ill intentions intending to malice the health sector’s efforts to prevent the importation of COVID 19.”
“To date, a total of 2,278 travelers including Ugandans and others travelling back home have been identified as high-risk and identified for purposes of follow up and institutional quarantine. So far, samples from 54 persons who presented with signs and symptoms similar to that of COVID-19 have been tested. Out of these, 52 tested negative while 2 are pending results from Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI). As of today, Uganda has NO confirmed case of COVID-19.
“We appeal to the general public to always verify information from the Ministry of Health and please STOP spreading false rumors.”