Uganda COVID-19 at 83 truck drivers
Two more Kenyan truck drivers test positive for coronavirus disease in Uganda. FILE PHOTO

Uganda at 83 after two more Kenyan truck drivers test positive for COVID-19 disease

Two more Kenyan truck drivers test positive for coronavirus disease raising the number of confirmed cases to 83. This was from the Thursday, April 30, 2020, samples tested at Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) in Entebbe.

The Ministry of Health via a tweet said one case was a 55-year-old male who arrived via Busia, and another is a 27-year-old male who arrived in Uganda via Malaba border point.

“The confirmed cases are both Kenyan male truck drivers: 55 years old and a 27-year-old male who arrived via Busia and Malaba respectively.”

However, all the other 2071 samples from truck drivers at border points including the 492 samples from the community turned negative for COVID-19. Ministry of Health says the total number of samples tested on Thursday was 2,071.

Meanwhile, Dr Henry Mwebesa, the Director Health Services says a total of 2,248 contacts to the COVID-19 confirmed cases have been listed to date and according to the Ministry of health, 1440 of these have completed mandatory 14-day follow-up, while 808 contacts are being followed up by the Ministry officers.

“Of these, 1,440 completed the mandatory 14 days follow up while 808 contacts are being followed by our surveillance officers,” Mwebesa said.

Uganda has 83 confirmed coronavirus cases, 52 recoveries and no death, ever since the first confirmed case in Uganda in March this year.

Uganda COVID-19 at 83 truck drivers
Two more Kenyan truck drivers test positive for coronavirus disease in Uganda. FILE PHOTO

Uganda which is under lockdown until 5 May 2020 has seen a rapid increase in coronavirus cases in the past weeks mainly truck drivers from Kenya and Tanzania, Uganda’s neighbours with high coronavirus cases.

So far, about 25 truck drivers have tested positive for COVID-19 disease in Uganda.

This comes as security officers’ beef up the marine unit and patrols at different landing sites to avert foreigners who are struggling to forceful enter Uganda.

Much emphasis is on Kasensero Landing Site which is used by mainly Tanzanians dodging the heavily guarded Mutukula border.

“So, we have managed to deploy additional marine resources at Kasensero landing site, to ensure that we don’t have Tanzanians and other foreigners who would want to use that access to get into Uganda,” Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga said.

Kasensero landing site, Migingo Island and River Unyama at Elegu border among others are some of the waters that foreigners from neighbouring countries are using to dodge security at land borders to illegally enter Uganda.

Jacob Siminyu, the Public Relations Officer Directorate of Citizens and Immigration Control says the increasing number of illegal entrants at both land and water is worrying thus asking citizens to be vigilant and work with security to prevent them.

“It’s not only L. Victoria here, but we also have quite many lakes around us and rivers, so we have to work with the marine, police, UPDF, even on L. George and on L. Albert. So Ugandans should continue being vigilant by reporting to us those people that they see attempting to cross into our boundaries,” Siminyu said.

The number of coronavirus cases in the neighbouring Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and the DRC is higher which puts Uganda at risk. Tanzania has 480 after 159 people tested positive on Wed, while Kenya has 396 and Rwanda 243 cases.