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COVID-19: Uganda Denies Entry to 43 Truck Drivers who Tested Positive

This comes at a time when the country's confirmed numbers stand at 953 cases as of yesterday. 39 of the drivers were Kenyan while four where Tanzanian. The drivers were part of 3,103 tests that were carried out yesterday and tested positive for the disease


A total of 43 foreign truck drivers were denied entry into the country yesterday after they tested positive for COVID-19 at different points of contacts.

This comes at a time when the country's confirmed numbers stand at 953 cases as of yesterday.

Thirty nine of the drivers were Kenyan, while four where  Tanzanians. The drivers were part of 3,103 tests that were carried out yesterday and tested positive for the disease.

Fourteen other samples tested positive for the disease. They were all Ugandans. 11 of the samples were picked from truck drivers at points of entry while three samples were picked from contacts in Amuru, Kyotera and Luweero.

While Uganda continues to send back foreign positive cases despite International Health Regulations, the country as of today is treating 24 foreigners for the disease. 

The minister of health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng says they have no option but to offer health services to some foreigners that need treatment.

" Some foreigners test positive and prefer being treated here than in their home countries. So we treat them, especially those coming from South Sudan," said Aceng in an earlier interview.

As counties within the East African Community bloc continue battling increasing numbers of  COVID-19 especially among truck drivers, Uganda has in the past weeks begun concentrating on community cases after reporting more than 100 community cases in the past one month or so.

The country now wants to carry out a community survey to test over 50,000 Ugandans to determine how far the disease has spread within communities.

However the lack of testing kits could bring this endeavour to a standstill. Dr. Diana Atwine, the permanent secretary at the ministry of health says that procurement delays are hindering mass testing.

"We have community cases and we want to carry out testing in these districts that have cases but we lack testing kits. We need more kits and we have made orders but due to global shortages, we are not sure when these kits will arrive for the testing to start," says Dr. Atwine.

As of today, Uganda has the least number of reported cases in East Africa. Other countries like Rwanda, South Sudan and Kenya as of yesterday have 1105, 2021 and 7886 cases respectively. However with an increase in community cases, Uganda's cases will soon pass the one thousand mark.