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COVID-19: Ugandan Truck Driver Tests Positive on Arrival from Kenya

At least one new case of Coronavirus has this Tuesday been confirmed in Uganda, Chimp Corps report.

“The new case is a 38-year-old Ugandan male, cargo transporter who arrived from Kenya via Malaba on 12/04/2020,” said the Health Ministry on a statement issued shortly after midnight.

“As of today, confirmed cases of COVID-19 stand at 55 in Uganda. There have been 8 discharges for COVID-19, to-date.”

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President Museveni today extended the lockdown period for more 21 days to flatten the curve.

He cited additional danger points such as the land borders with the East and Central African countries; the cargo truck drivers and crews of trains; the air-craft crew members for cargo planes; the UN and the health workers treating the corona-virus people.

“With the infiltrations from the neighbouring countries, we are relying on two elements: the LC Is and the village members who should not allow their villages to be polluted with this disease by allowing strangers to hide among them and the corrupt immigration and police personnel that, in exchange for bribery, allow strangers to enter Uganda illegally,” said Museveni.

“Security is going to strengthen the counter-intelligence efforts to eliminate corruption in our forces and anybody found guilty will face the charge of murder or attempted murder.  It will not be nice for them.”

The Health Ministry on Tuesday said the Ugandan truck driver who was tested at Malaba point of entry as part of the routine tests for truck drivers “did not have signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19.” Similarly, a male Kenyan truck driver aged 27 was found positive among the 372 truck drivers tested today.

“His sample was also collected at Malaba point of entry. Arrangements are being made to return him to Kenya for treatment close to his family,” said Director Health Services, Dr Henry Mwebesa.

The Ministry said it’s currently testing all truck drivers (cargo transporters) for COVID-19 who come into the country via the various points of entry.”

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Addressing the nation today, President Museveni said, “on the issue of the truck crews the driver and two others they will be tested at the border but they do not have to wait for the test results. They can continue with their journey and the outcome of the test will be communicated to them later and further management will follow as is necessary.”

He said within Uganda, the truck drivers, whether transiting or destined to Uganda, will only stop at designated points in the country and nowhere else.  

“The crews of the cargo planes that fly into the country will be accommodated in designated hotels,” he added.

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