Another Kenyan Truck Driver Diagnosed with Covid, Uganda’s Cases Now 89

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The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Uganda now stands at 89 after another truck driver tested positive on Sunday. The new case is a 39-year-old Kenyan male truck driver who arrived in Uganda through Malaba border. He is part of the 2,729 samples of truck drivers tested on Sunday, according to the Ministry of Health.

The Ministry has noted in a statement that: "Efforts to track him are underway." Also, 201 samples from the community have Sunday been tested and they were all negative for the virus. On Saturday, 3 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed out of which 2 were part of the 1,922 samples of truck drivers - a Kenyan and a Burundian who also arrived in Uganda via Malaba.

The Ministry has today said these two were tracked and have since returned to their respective countries The other case was from the 562 samples from the community - a 22 year old Ugandan male from Rakai District. He entered Uganda from Bukoba, Tanzania via a porous border.

He has Sunday been evacuated from his parents home to Masaka Regional Referral Hospital and his family members put under quarantine. Out of the 89 confirmed cases in Uganda, 52 have recovered. A bigger number of Uganda's most recent new cases are truck drivers from Kenya and Tanzania.

While flagging off the first fleet of donated vehicles to the Ministry of Health in Kololo recently, President Yoweri Museveni noted that truck drivers are still posing a challenge to the fight against COVID-19 but the authorities are exploring all possible ways of handling it. Museveni revealed that the Ministry of Health were having engagements with other Health Ministers in the region with the aim of coming up with a lasting solution to the challenge of truck drivers who have become a matter of public concern as they pose a risk of spreading coronavirus to Uganda's countryside. The President said that one of the possible solutions being discussed is ensuring that the truck drivers are tested before entering the country and once they are cleared, they are then left to enter the country.

"We need to solve the problem of land borders; the truck are now the problem. There are three issues which are being studied, one issue is to test these people at the border before they come into the country and having them wait for their results," Museveni said. During his recent address, the President said that transit trucks were to allowed to only have one driver.

However, in a statement by the Minister of Works and Transport, Gen Edward Katumba Wamala on May 1, the President further guided that the trucks are allowed two drivers.

"It is important to note that this only allows truckers to have another driver not a turn man," wrote Katumba.

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