Coronavirus Update: Uganda confirms 10 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, majority truck drivers

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Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng (Courtesy Photo/File)
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Baluku Geoffrey

KAMPALA — Uganda has recorded ten new coronavirus cases rising the national tally to 274 as per the World Health Organization (WHO)’s International Health Regulations (IHR).

In a post on twitter, Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said that the new cases include nine truck drivers and one from a previously confirmed case.

“Today, 20 May, 2020, 10 new COVID-19 cases confirmed. 9 new cases are truck drivers while 1 case is a contact case,” said Dr. Aceng.

She however, revealed that following a Presidential Directive of deducting all foreign truck drivers from Uganda’s total confirmed case count, the confirmed COVID-19 cases now stand at 145.

Last month, President Museveni directed the Ministry of Health to immediately stop capturing any COVID-19 foreigners including truck drivers as Uganda’s confirmed cases.

To-date, a total of 124 foreign truck drivers have been handed over to their countries of origin since the Presidential directive was effected.

Truck drivers are fast becoming the weakest link in the fight against coronavirus in the region as several truckers have tested positive at regional borders.

Elsewhere, as of May 20, Kenya had reported 1,029 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 366 recoveries and 50 deaths while Rwanda had 308 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 209 recoveries and No deaths.

In a related development, Tanzanian claims Kenya is engaging in fear mongering with an intent of killing tourism in parts of Arusha province.

According to Arusha regional commissioner Mrisho Gambo, samples of 19 Tanzanian drivers who had tested positive for coronavirus in Kenya turned negative after a repeat test in Dar es Salaam. He said the drivers were subjected to forced mandatory testing by the Kenyan health officials upon arrival at Namanga border.

In a statement on Wednesday May 20, Mrisho said, “Arusha province has confirmed these are some of the tactics being used by the Kenyan government to kill tourism market not only in Arusha but also in Tanzania as a whole.”

He further said that all truckers coming in or out of Tanzania would be tested after the enforced testing at its entry points. He revealed that some 24 out of 67 drivers who entered the country through Kenya were confirmed to be sick with COVID-19.

According to Mrisho, all the samples were taken between 16th and 18th May 2020.

Strained relations between the two neighboring countries heightened after President Uhuru Kenyatta imposed ban on both Tanzania and Somalia borders.

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