Uganda records 4 New COVID-19
Uganda's Covid-19 cases rise to 126 after 4 tests positive out of 1,711 samples tested yesterday. FILE PHOTO

Uganda’s Covid-19 cases rise to 121 after 4 tests positive out of 1,711 samples tested yesterday.

The Ministry of Health ( MOH) confirmed 4 new cases of COVID-19 from a total of 1,711 samples tested yesterday at the Uganda Virus Research Institute, bringing the total number of cases to 121.

The new cases involve two Ugandans, one Kenyan who arrived via Elegu and a Tanzanian who arrived into the country via Mutukula border.

According to the MOH, the new cases were specifically confirmed from 1,478 samples of truck drivers. All 233 community samples yesterday tested negative for COVID-19. 

“Four new COVID-19 cases confirmed from 1,478 samples of truck drivers. The new cases include two Ugandans, one Kenyan who arrived via Elegu and one Tanzanian who arrived via Mutukula border. All 233 community samples have tested negative for COVID-19,” a statement from the Ministry read.

This now brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Uganda to 126 with 56 recoveries and no single deaths have since been reported from the virus.

Uganda records 4 New COVID-19
Uganda’s Covid-19 cases rise to 126 after 4 tests positive out of 1,711 samples tested yesterday. FILE PHOTO

Issue of truck drivers

Following recent tests, Uganda’s new cases have come from cargo truck drivers via different border points of entry with only a few being registered among the community members.

Statistics from the health ministry indicate that more than 60 cases part of the 126 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Uganda have come particularly from truck drivers via different border points of entry.

Over 13 Ugandan truck drivers have since tested positive with other cases coming from neighbouring countries such as Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, Eritrea among others.

Way Forward

In an online meeting held on Tuesday between the East African Community heads of state, it was concluded that truck drivers will be tested from their countries of origin and carry certificates of proof with them before travelling into another country.

The Presidents, in particular, highlighted the need to properly address the issue of truck drivers, an area that has proven susceptible to the spread of the coronavirus in recent weeks.

And as a result, it was agreed that all the Ministers in charge for each country should undertake a regional mechanism of testing and certification of truck drivers before their departure at the point of origin and every two weeks report details to their heads of state.

Part of the meeting, it was also concluded that the ministers responsible for health, trade, transport and EAC affairs finalise and adopt an EAC digital surveillance and tracking system for drivers and crew on COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the online meeting was attended by President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan and Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya however, President John Pombe Magufuli of Tanzania and Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi did not show up.