Uganda’s COVID-19 cases rise to 227 as 24 more truck drivers test positive

Trucks wait in a line on the road to enter Uganda at Malaba in western Kenya on April 29. /AFP
By :
Baluku Geoffrey

KAMPALA — The number of COVID-19 cases in Uganda has risen to 227 after 24 more people tested positive, Ministry of Health has announced.

The new cases are part of the 2,044 samples from truck drivers that were tested on Saturday.

According to the ministry of health, the drivers are 3 Ugandans, 2 Kenyans who arrived via Elegu border post; 6 Tanzanians, 1 Ugandan who arrived via Mutukula border post and 12 Kenyans who came in through Malaba border post.

“All 554 community samples have tested negative for COVID-19,” health minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said in a twitter post. This makes it the seventh straight day that results from the community have returned negative to COVID-19.

Out of the 2044, 115 samples were tested at Mutukula while 1,375 tested at Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI), Entebbe.

According to Aceng, the total number of truck drivers who have so far tested positive for Covid-19 in Uganda is 167.

In a related development, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni issued a directive to the effect that no truck driver will be allowed to enter the country without a ‘negative COVID-19 certificate’.

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