Uganda COVID-19 cases to 79
Uganda COVID-19 cases to 79

Uganda COVID-19 cases rise to 79 after four more Tanzanian truck drivers test positive for Coronavirus

According to the Ministry of Health, four additional cargo truck driver from Tanzania tested positive for the virus in Uganda, bringing the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 79.

The confirmed cases of COVID-19 were among the 1,578 samples checked on Sunday amongst truck drivers from the Uganda Virus Research Institute, medical research institute owned by the government.

“All the new confirmed cases are Tanzanian truck drivers who arrived via Mutukula border. 411 samples from communities tested negative for COVID-19,” the Ministry tweeted on Monday morning.

On Sunday a total of 1,989 COVID-19 samples had been checked.

Uganda COVID-19 cases to 79
Uganda COVID-19 cases to 79

Earlier, President Museveni while flagging off a fleet of vehicles donated by well-wishers towards COVID-19 response to designated districts, he promised Ugandans that the case of truck drivers will be settled.

With many Ugandans calling for a complete shutdown of truck business to halt COVID-19 spread, Museveni says the country cannot afford to shut down the truck business because the country needs goods from outside and export as well.

However, he says the East African Heads of State and the Health Ministers in the region are drawing tighter measures to handle the matter.

“We have a problem, we need the cargo, and we need the goods. Our goods to come in but also our goods to go out, our coffee must go, but at the same time, we don’t want the disease. So, therefore, there’s this idea of testing before the driver comes, and he waits until the result before they proceed. We need the goods to come in, but at the same time we don’t want the disease,” Museveni said.

President then commended Ugandans for being obedient to the set guidelines saying Ugandan scientists are working hard to develop Coronavirus vaccine.

“I am very glad about the response of the Ugandans. I have been discussing with our scientists and they are sure a vaccine can be developed.”