The ministry of health on Friday night announced that 43 truck drivers tested positive for COVID-19. Rising the total confirmed cases to 203.
The ministry in brief statement said: The new cases include 17 Ugandans, 14 Kenyans, 5 Tanzanians, 2 Burundians, 4 Eritreans and one unknown.
A breakdown of the new cases shows that from the Elegu border with South Sudan; 15 Ugandans, 9 Kenyans and 4 Eritreans tested positive for the virus.
At the Mutukula border with Tanzania; 5 Tanzanians and one Burundian national tested positive while at the Malaba border with Kenya, 5 Kenyans, two Ugandans, one Burundian and another driver whose nationality is unknown tested positive.
On Friday, a total of 2,558 samples were tested, and all the 720 community samples tested negative. The countries recoveries still stand at 63 cases with no deaths as yet.
Of Uganda’s confirmed 203 coronavirus cases, 143 are from truck drivers consisting of 57 Kenyans, 42 Ugandans, 31 Tanzanians, 7 Eritreans, 3 Burundians, one South Sudanese, one Rwandans and one unknown.
On Friday, minister of Health Jane Ruth Aceng while commissioning the Port Health laboratory at Mutukula said that all truck drivers arriving via Mutukula will be tested for COVID-19 and results given within 45 minutes. “If you are found positive, you cannot proceed with your journey…If you’re negative, you are released.”
Meanwhile, Rwanda has shut its borders to the cargo truck drivers, with the country encouraging relay delivery where cross-border drivers take the cargo up to the borders from where it is transferred to Rwandan cargo trucks and taken to destinations by Rwandan drivers.
Meanwhile, The number of people in Kenya who have tested positive for the Covid-19 has risen to 781 following the confirmation of 23 more cases.
The new cases were discovered after the ministry conducted tests on 2,100 samples. Two of those who tested positive in Kajiado were truck drivers.
South Sudan health officials announced the country’s first death from COVID-19 on Friday, with a top health official describing the deceased as a 51-year old “high-profile South Sudanese.”
There are reports that the COVID-19 victim is a senior South Sudanese military official. The deceased is among 28 new COVID-19 cases the task force announced Thursday night. Twenty-seven of the 28 cases are South Sudanese; the other is a Kenyan, Matur said.