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COVID19: Another Kenyan Truck Driver Tests Positive in Uganda

Another Kenyan truck driver has tested positive for Coronavirus in Uganda, Chimp Corps report. 

He is the second Kenyan truck driver to carry the infection to Uganda. 

A Tanzanian truck driver who also tested positive for the novel virus was last week sent back home by Ugandan authorities this past Sunday.  

“1 new case confirmed among 1,114 truck drivers today,” Heath Minister Dr Ruth Aceng Tweeted late Sunday night.

She said “the new case is a 27-year-old Kenyan truck driver who arrived at Malaba border and efforts are underway to track him and evacuate him back to Kenya.”

“We tested 350 samples from the community which were negative for COVID-19.”

Uganda maintains the number of COVID-19 cases at 55.

Uganda has been repatriating all foreign truck drivers testing positive in the country.

President Museveni yesterday said truck drivers should be allowed to continue with their journeys after being tested at various border points.

He, however, said each truck should be driven by only one driver.

Trade Minister Amelia Kyambadde today said truck drivers can only park at designated areas to prevent spread of the virus in urban areas where they usually pass.

Dr Aceng said a total of 1,464 samples were tested on Sunday at Uganda Virus Research Institute.

“I am happy to note that we are registering more COVID-19 recoveries as well,” said Aceng.

“To-date, we have a total of 28 recoveries. Salute to the health workers. You are the best.”

Tanzania’s Coronavirus cases have jumped to 170 with 7 deaths while Kenya’s stand at 279 with 14 deaths.

In Rwanda, Coronavirus cases rose to 147 after 3 new cases were confirmed on Sunday.

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