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28 people test positive for COVID-19, cases rise to 281

Kampala, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  Another 28 Ugandan nationals have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 282. The positive cases were from 2,004 samples that were tested at the Uganda Virus Research Institute-UVRI and the Central Public Health Laboratory- CPHL. Twenty-one of the confirmed …

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Seven more laboratories accredited for COVID-19 testing

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Seven laboratories have been added onto the testing network for COVID-19 in the country. Until yesterday, the country was only using the Entebbe based Uganda Virus Research Institute-UVRI to conduct COVID-19 tests. The  new centres include Makerere University’s department of microbiology and immunology, National Health …

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UVRI considers using cobas system to test more COVID-19 samples

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda Virus Research Institute-UVRI is considering using the Roche Cobas 6800/8800 system to test coronavirus samples. Prof. Pontiano Kaleebu, the Executive Director Uganda Virus Research Institute, says the Roche Cobas 6800/8800 system will enable them test between 340- 950 samples within 8 hours. This …

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Private laboratories unprepared for COVID-19 tests

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Private providers says they wouldn’t be able to jump in immediately and start offering COVID-19 tests should the number of people requiring the tests spiral out of control today. Michael Kamya, who heads the Microbiology Lab at Lancet Laboratories Uganda says while they have …

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Technique used to test for COVID-19 not new – Prof. Kaleebu

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Executive Director of the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI), Prof. Pontiano Kaleebu has said the methods they use to test the coronavirus (COVID -19) are the same as those used for testing hepatitis B and HIV. Prof. Kaleebu’s assertion dispels fears among part …

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Health Ministry decentralizes coronavirus care

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said considering that a number of people picked from the community have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID -19), they have resolved that samples be collected from suspects wherever they are. Delivering an update on the COVID …

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Private providers could start conducting COVID-19 tests

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Private healthcare providers could start offering COVID-19 tests to patients that approach them thanks to the procurement of new rapid test kits from China. Currently, the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) has the sole mandate of conducting COVID-19 tests. It is from here that results …

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