According to the health ministry other tests were conducted on patients who had tested positive for the virus last month returned as three of them tested negative and recovered from the virus. PHOTO| FILE
Burundi’s ministry of health announced four new Coronavirus cases in the country, in a statement released this Saturday May 2nd 2020, the health ministry said that 167 people were tested for the virus including the contact tracing which was made from the previous COVID-19 patients.
“Among 152 people who had spent more time with those who were previously infected with COVID-19 one person tested positive for the virus,” the statement reads from Burundi’s health ministry.
“Five people who were hospitalized at BUMEREC, POLYCEB, HPRC and UN hospital were tested for COVID-19 and three of them tested positive for the virus,” the statement read.
According to the health ministry other tests were conducted on patients who had tested positive for the virus last month returned as three of them tested negative and recovered from the virus.
This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Burundi to 19 with 7 to have recovered and discharged from the hospital.
The COVID-19 pandemic comes at a time when Burundi is in campaigns for this month’s general elections, the government had directed citizens and politicians to take precaution to prevent the spread of the virus during the electoral period that includes hand washing, measuring of body temperatures and abstain from handshakes.
However there is no social distancing during the campaigns, the health ministry had promised the electoral commission to provide its officials with kits in efforts to contain the spread of the virus.