Uganda’s COVID-19 cases rise to 74 after 11 Truck Drivers test positive

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KAMPALA– The Ministry of Health has reported 11 new coronavirus cases in the country, bringing the total number of cases in Uganda to 74.

The new cases, are of six Tanzanian truck drivers who arrived via Mutukula border post and five Kenyan truck drivers (3 arrived via Malaba and 2 arrived via Busia) border.

According to Dr Henry Mwebesa, the director general of health services at the Ministry of Health, a total of 1331 samples were tested at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) yesterday. Out of these, 311 samples taken from the community and quarantine centres tested negative for COVID-19, while 11 of 1020 samples tested from truck drivers at the border points tested positive to COVID-19.

During President Museveni’s address to the nation last week, he said truck drivers who have been tested for coronavirus should be left to proceed with their journeys and only be traced if their test results confirm they are positive.

This is however posing a challenge as many of the new COVID-19 cases being registered in the country, are from long-distance truck drivers from the neighbouring East African countries.

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