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Kenyan Truck Driver Who Died in Uganda On Saturday Was Covid-19 Negative

The Ministry of Health has on Monday announced that a Kenyan truck driver who died in Uganda on Saturday was negative forCOVID-19.

On Saturday 13th June 2020, a Kenyan truck driver who was sleeping on his mat under his truck in Busia district was found dead.

The Ministry of Health conducted investigations into his sudden death which revealed that he entered Uganda via Malaba point of entry on 31st May 2020 with negative COVID-19 results.

According to the statement issued by Dr Henry Mwebesa, the Director General Health Services in the Ministry of Health, a sample was taken from his remains for retesting and turned negative for COVID-19.

“A sample was taken off his remains by the surveillance team for a retest and found negative for COVID-19. The Ministry would like to reiterate that to date, Uganda has not registered any COVID-19 related deaths,” announced Dr Mwebesa.

Meanwhile, a total of 2,677 COVID-19 samples tested yesterday Sunday confirmed 9 new COVID-19 cases bringing the total number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in Uganda to 705.

Four (4) of the new cases were among 1,813 samples tested from points of entry while 5 were among 864 samples from contacts and alerts to previously confirmed cases.

4 new cases from points of entry are truck drivers, 2 of whom arrived from South Sudan via Elegu border point while 2 arrived from Kenya via Malaba border.

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5 new cases from contacts and alerts to previously confirmed cases include 2 from Tororo who were under quarantine at the time of test,  1 from Amuru, 1 from Kyotera and 1 from Entebbe.

Additionally, 37 foreign truck drivers (32 Kenyans, 1 Tanzanian, 3 South Sudanese and 1 Eritrean) who tested positive for COVID-19 were handed back to their respective country of origin.

Currently, Uganda has a total of 705 COVID-19 confirmed cases, 299 recoveries and no fatalities.

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