Uganda coronavirus 36 new COVID-19 cases
Uganda has confirmed 36 new COVID-19 cases rising Coronavirus cases to 317. FILE PHOTO

Uganda has confirmed 36 new COVID-19 cases rising Coronavirus cases to 317.

The Ministry of Health has confirmed 36 new COVID-19 cases rising Uganda Coronavirus cases to 317.

The Ministry of Health on Thursday evening released a statement showing that 24 of the cases were for truck drivers, 20 arrived via Malaba and 1 was from Lia Point of Entry in Arua.

12 of the new cases are contacts to the previously confirmed truck driver. The contacts were under quarantine at the time of the test.

“A total number of 2,230 samples were tested on Thursday and 1,428 of these samples were at border points of entry whereas 802 samples were from communities and contacts,” the Ministry of Health said in a there released statement on Thursday evening.

26 truck drivers were returned to their countries after testing positive to COVID-19 pandemic according to the Ministry of Health and all the truck drivers were tested at the point of entry.

“26 positive foreign truck drivers were handled back to their country of origin,” the Ministry of Health said in their statement.

Uganda coronavirus 36 new COVID-19 cases
Uganda has confirmed 36 new COVID-19 cases rising Coronavirus cases to 317. FILE PHOTO

In his last presidential address, President Museveni issued a guideline saying that all truck drivers should be tested at the border points and those who test positive should be returned to their places of origin. 

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This came at a time when Uganda’s coronavirus cases were rising at a high speed and most of the confirmed cases were from truck drivers.

Before this guideline truck drivers would be tested then get into the country, drive to their destinations and they would get results later. 

This had become a threat since truck drivers had started to interact with the general population even before getting the results hence putting Uganda’s community at risk of getting infected.

The Ministry of Health has introduced the rapid testing system for Covid-19. Using this machine the ministry can test truck drivers at all border points and there able to get there results within an hour and those who test positive are returned to the places of origin.

The confirmed new cases have come at a time were Uganda has started to ease down the coronavirus control measures and on the 26th may 2020 all private vehicles were allowed back to roads.

The private vehicle occupants are supposed to be three (3) in number plus the driver and every occupant in the vehicle was supposed to be putting on a face mask that is of quality and standard.