Corona: Both Kenyan and Tanzanian truck drivers test positive in Uganda

Health Minister Dr Jane Aceng [M] during a press briefing last month. A CGTN Africa photo.

Out of 1,922 samples of truck drivers taken and tested for COVID-19 on Saturday, two tested positive.

According to the Ministry of Health, via Twitter, both foreign truck drivers arrived in the country via Malaba border.

The Ministry further says efforts were underway to track them.

Also, one person [sample] out of 562 samples taken from the community also tested positive.

“A 22 year old Ugandan male from Rakai district who entered Uganda from Bukoba, Tanzania via a porous border. He was a mechanic in Tanzania,” the health ministry said.

“He is currently staying at home with his parents and efforts to evacuate him to Masaka Regional Referral Hospital and quarantine his parents are underway.”

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Total COVID-19 confirmed cases for the country is now 88, 52 recoveries.

A total of 2,484 samples were tested on Saturday, and more than 29,277 individuals have so far been tested in Uganda, to date.


The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhoea.

These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment.

Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty.

Tonsemberera [Keep your distance] campaign

Ministry of Health has launched a fresh campaign called #Tonsemberera, loosely translated as “Keep Your Distance” or [Pe Ibin Ilangeta – for Luo speakers]. This campaign will run for more than 14 days.

The campaign is aimed at urging and sensitizing Ugandans to keep a four meter distance while in public places.

Other guidelines, like washing hands regularly with clean water and soap, including sanitizing must be maintained.

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