Uganda 21 truck drivers test positive
21 more truck drivers test positive pushing Uganda's COVID-19 cases to 160. FILE PHOTO

21 more truck drivers test positive pushing Uganda’s COVID-19 cases to 160.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed 21 new COVID-19 cases from a total of 1,896 samples tested on Thursday at the Uganda Virus Research Institute.

The new cases include eight Kenyans, seven Tanzanians, five Ugandans, and one South Sudanese who arrived via Mutukula, Busia and Elegu borders.

According to the health ministry, they were confirmed specifically from 1,593 samples tested of truck drivers via border points of entry. All 303 community samples tested negative for COVID-19. 

“21 new COVID-19 cases confirmed from 1,593 samples of truck drivers. The new cases include eight Kenyans, seven Tanzanians, five Ugandans, and one South Sudanese who arrived via Mutukula, Busia and Elegu borders,” a statement from the Ministry read.

This now brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Uganda to 160 with 63 recoveries and no single death has yet been reported from the virus.

Uganda 21 truck drivers test positive
21 more truck drivers test positive pushing Uganda’s COVID-19 cases to 160. FILE PHOTO

The problem of truck drivers

For days now, Uganda has recorded extremely more of its new cases from truck drivers via border points with non registered among the community members.

Yesterday’s 21 cases were the highest to be reported in a single day for Uganda particularly from the truckers. The second highest is 13 which was registered on Wednesday this week.

Statistics from the health ministry indicate that out of Uganda’s 160 cases, up to 100 have come from truck drivers meaning they represent three-quarters of the country’s total cases.

Over 30 Ugandan truck drivers have since tested positive with other cases coming from neighbouring countries such as Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, Eritrea among others.

Elsewhere

Meanwhile, the coronavirus pandemic continues to strike lives globally with confirmed cases now reaching 4,527,815 and 303,438 deaths as of Friday morning according to the Johns Hopkins University.

The United States as now one of the most hit countries has confirmed over 1.4 million COVID-19 cases with 86,912 deaths as of Thursday according to the John Hopkins University.

China has now gone a month without announcing any new deaths from the coronavirus.

The last time the commission reported death was on April 14. In total, China has reported 4,633 deaths among 82,933 cases since the virus was first detected according to the NBC news app.

In Africa, there are now more than over 70,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the continent. According to the latest statistics from the Johns Hopkins University and Africa Center for Disease Control on COVID-19 in Africa, all countries across the continent have now registered at least a case with Lesotho only holding out up to May 12.

Total confirmed cases in Africa have now hit 75,380 with 2,563 deaths and 27,205 recoveries as of Friday morning.