National—22, June 2020: A total of fourteen foreign truck drivers tested positive for Covid-19 in Uganda on Sunday, according to the Ministry of Health.
Nine were Kenyans, three Tanzanians, one Burundian and one Rwandan and were handed over to their respective countries of origin.
Essential to note is that the Ministry also confirmed four new cases out of 2,224 samples tested on 21, June. “Two new cases were among 1,600 samples tested from Points of Entry while the other two were among 624 samples of alerts and contacts.”
“All confirmed cases are Ugandans. The total confirmed Covid-19 cases in Uganda is now 774,” Dr Henry G. Mwebesa, Director General Health Services, says in his press release dated 22 June.
Two of the confirmed cases, he added, are truck drivers: One who arrived from South Sudan via Elegu Point of Entry while one arrived from Kenya via Malaba Point of Entry.
Two of the confirmed cases are alerts and contacts to previously confirmed cases: One from Amuru and was under quarantine at the time of the test while one is from Kyotera district.
“Currently, there are 256 active cases in admission (143 are Ugandans while 113 are foreigners). Uganda has not registered a total of 631 Covid-19 recoveries and to date no Covid-19 related death has been recorded,” says Dr Mwebesa.