COVID-19 cases in Uganda Drop
Coronavirus cases drop sharply to 145 after President Museveni's directive to deduct cases of foreign truckers. FILE PHOTO

COVID-19 cases in Uganda drop sharply to 145 after President Museveni’s directive to deduct cases of foreign truckers.

Ministry of Health (MOH) has clarified that COVID-19 cases in Uganda drop to 145 following President Museveni’s directive to deduct all cases of foreign truck drivers.

In a bid to have proper numbers, the President, earlier this week dictated the deduction of all cases involving foreign truckers from Uganda’s case count.

According to Museveni, this will make it even much easier to understand the number of infections countrywide and how many are still undergoing treatment rather than counting cases which have already been handed over to their respective countries.

As of today, Uganda has a total of 145 COVID-19 cases, 65 people have since been discharged after they recovered from the virus since and no single death has yet been reported.

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COVID-19 cases in Uganda Drop
Coronavirus cases drop sharply to 145 after President Museveni’s directive to deduct cases of foreign truckers. FILE PHOTO

Yesterday, the health ministry confirmed 10 new COVID-19 cases out of a total of 1,497 samples tested in the country. 

Out of these, nine people were confirmed from 1,264 samples of truck drivers and one, a contact to a confirmed case of a truck driver tested positive from 233 community samples.

“10 new COVID-19 cases confirmed. Nine new cases are truck drivers while one case is a contact to a confirmed truck driver. Following a Presidential Directive of deducting all foreign truck drivers from Uganda’s case count, the confirmed COVID-19 cases now stand at 145,” a statement from the Ministry read.

Meanwhile, the health ministry says it handed over 11 foreign truck drivers yesterday to their respective countries of origin bringing the total number of deported foreign truck drivers to 124.

During his 14th address to the nation on Monday, President Museveni stressed that they are going to work out a plan on how to tackle the problem posed by truck drivers via particular border points.

According to Museveni, they are going to carry out quick testing of all truckers and ensure their results are released earlier with no single driver allowed to depart the area before his or her results are out.

He said they are going to try very hard to eliminate the delay in releasing the test results. Museveni however, re-echoed that movement of truck drivers cannot be stopped because it might hinder the country’s economy.

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“We have lost $1.6b from tourism. We may lose $1.3b from remittances from Ugandans living abroad. We can’t lose forex from our coffee, tea, milk products, etc in addition to failing to bring in raw materials,” President Museveni said during his Monday address.

Adding; “That is simply a wrong debate. The debate should not be whether to allow the drivers or not. The debate should be on how these drivers should be handled. The medium-term solution can be railway but for now, Uganda cannot.”