Uganda’s Covid-19 cases rise to 222 as more truck drivers test positive

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Malaba Border: Kenyan truck drivers protest multiple Covid-19 testing. Truck pile up is 12 km long in Uganda, 50 km long in Kenya. Photo/Courtesy
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Baluku Geoffrey

KAMPALA – Uganda’s confirmed Covid-19 rose to 222, after 10 more people tested positive on Monday, May 25.

Out of the 1,189 samples tested, nine were truck drivers who came from the Points of Entry while 1 new case is a contact to a previously confirmed truck driver.

According to Health Minister Ruth Aceng, the community contact was under quarantine at the time of test.

“30 positive foreign truck drivers were handed over to their country of origin,” she added.

Previously, truck drivers were allowed to enter the country before getting their results and would be tracked if their tests returned positive.

However, the truck drivers now have to wait for their results. If they test positive, foreign drivers are handed over to their country of origin while Ugandan drivers are immediately taken for treatment.

This process has however created delays leading to operations at the Malaba One-Stop Border Post to be suspended after truck drivers blocked Kenya’s exit to Uganda.

The cargo transporters are not only protesting ‘harassment and discrimination’ by Ugandan authorities but also the delayed release of coronavirus test results.

In a related development, Kenya has registered 72 new Covid-19 cases as of May 25, 2020, bringing the country’s cumulative total to 1,286.

During the Covid-19 briefing at Afya House in the capital Nairobi on Monday, Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Mercy Mwangangi revealed that nine more patients have recovered bringing the total recoveries to 392, while one more death was recorded bringing the total fatalities to 52.

In Rwanda 327 COVID-19 cases have so far been confirmed, with 237 recoveries and No related deaths.

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