KAMPALA — Uganda’s confirmed coronavirus cases have risen to 175 after another 15 new cases were registered on Friday. The new cases were part of 2,106 samples tested at Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) and at the border points.
12 of the new cases are truck drivers while 3 cases are contacts to previously confirmed truck drivers.
According to the ministry of Health, all the community cases are people who were under quarantine at the time of the test.
Following President Museveni’s directive about drivers who test positive at the border points of entry, 23 more truck drivers have been handed back to their country of origin.
Uganda’s total COVID-19 recoveries currently stand at 68 with no related death from the virus.
Elsewhere, as of May 22, Kenya had reported 1,161 cases of COVID-19, 380 recoveries and 50 deaths while Rwanda had 321 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 222 recoveries and No deaths.
In a related development, Africa Tembelea has learnt that all transit cargo destined for Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan will from June 1 be picked from Naivasha and not Mombasa, or be transported by Metre Gauge Railway to Tororo, then Kampala while fuel products will be transported by pipeline to Kisumu and thereafter through Lake Victoria on to Jinja or Port Bell.
The decisions were Friday communicated by Kenya’s Minister in charge of transport James Macharia, EGH. who said the new measure comes after a go ahead was given at the May 12th East African Community video conference of the Presidents of Kenya, Rwanda, and South Sudan.
Kenya has built its section of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) from Mombasa to Naivasha, where they have set up an Inland Container Depot (ICD).
“All transit cargo destined for Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan will be transported either on Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) for clearance at the Inland Container Depot (ICD) at Naivasha or Metre Gauge Railway to Tororo-Kampala. All transit cargo railed to the Inland Container Depot (ICD) at Naivasha will be collected by trucks to the Partner States via Busia or Malaba,” Macharia said in a statement.