Items filtered by date: Saturday, 16 May 2020

Worry As 24 New COVID-19 Cases Are Confirmed Among Truck Drivers

The truck driver continues to pose a coronavirus risk to Uganda after Uganda Saturday night announced that it had registered 24 new cases from 2,044 samples of truck drivers.

"This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases to 227 in Uganda. All 554 community samples have tested negative for COVID-19," the minister of health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said.

3 Ugandan, 2 Kenyan cases were registered at Elegu border post while 6 Tanzanian, 1 Ugandan case were registered at Mutukula and 12 cases of Kenyans were registered at Malaba.

Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Dr. Diana Atwine earlier in the day tweeted saying President Yoweri Museveni has directed that only truck drivers with negative test results will be allowed to enter Uganda.

What has been the case is that truckers were distasted at the border post and allowed to proceed with their journey as the ministry their COVID-19 results. This will not now be the case as the president as directed.

Truck drivers have in the recent times presented the biggest challenge to Uganda in the fight against COVID19 as over 150 of the 227 cases have tested positive. These trucker are mainly of foreign nationality.

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