Uganda new COVID-19 all truck drivers
Uganda at 74 as 11 truck drivers test positive for COVID-19. PHOTO/SoftPower

COVID-19 cases in Uganda reach 74 after 11 more truck drivers test positive

Uganda now has 74 COVID-19 cases after 11 more cargo truck drivers tested positive of the coronavirus at various border points according to the Ministry of Health.

The new 11 COVID-19 cases in Uganda including 6 Tanzanian truck drivers who arrived via Mutukula Border post and 5 Kenyan truck drivers; 3 arrived via Malaba and 2 arrived via Busia tested positive of the coronavirus on Thursday.

“11 new COVID-19 cases confirmed today. 6 Tanzanian truck drivers who arrived via Mutukula Border post and 5 Kenyan truck drivers; 3 arrived via Malaba and 2 arrived via Busia tested positive of the coronavirus on Thursday. Total Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Uganda is now 74,” a statement from the MOH read.

According to Dr Henry Mwebesa, the director-general of health services at the Ministry of Health, the positive cases were from 1,020 samples tested from truck drivers at all border points of entry.

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Dr Mwebesa said that none of the victim’s parts of the registered cases showed signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

This now brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Uganda to 74 and a total of 46 have been reported to have recovered from the virus.

Uganda new COVID-19 all truck drivers
Uganda at 74 as 11 truck drivers test positive for COVID-19. PHOTO/SoftPower

What does this mean for Uganda’s boarders

For days now, Uganda has confirmed more cases via its border entry points than before with most of the cases from neighbouring countries Kenya and Tanzania.

Earlier this week, the government decided to deport victims of the coronavirus back to their parent countries to seek medication from there arguing that they are not Uganda’s cases.

However, the World Health Organizations on Tuesday said that every new case is counted and treated in a country where it was tested and confirmed.

Ever since the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus in the country, the government has imposed drastic measures among others such as the lockdown and night-time curfew to try and mitigate the spread of the virus.

In recent weeks, the method seemed to have yielded great results as only a few people were infected with the COVID-19 and by Wednesday this week, Uganda had a total of 63 cases with 45 recoveries meaning only 18 active cases were left.

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However, the issue might now be running out of hand with more cases continuing to be confirmed mainly of those entering the country via various border points.

During his recent address to the nation, President Museveni said in response to the issue of cargo drivers being kept at the borders until their coronavirus test results are out that delaying them at these boarders would incur extra expenses.

The President explained that since the public is aware of the measures in place to curb the spread of the virus and that the driver would also be assumed to be keen on protecting himself, then he should be allowed to move on and if found to be COVID-19-positive, he can be tracked.