Uganda targets trucking industry in stepped up fight against COVID-19


Two cross-border cargo truck drivers in Uganda have tested positive for COVID-19, as the country shifts its attention to avoiding more imported cases.

Trucks at the Malaba border point. Photo/FILE

A Ugandan and a Kenyan tested positive following the collection of 372 samples from truck drivers at each of the country’s border entry points, the Ministry of Health said in a statement on Tuesday.

The two drivers were tested at Malaba, a market town situated in Tororo District in Eastern Uganda and a busy crossing point between Uganda and Kenya.

According to the ministry, arrangements are being made to repatriate the Kenyan driver for treatment.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said in a televised national address earlier on Tuesday that although the country has made progress in containing the disease, cross-border truck drivers pose a risk of potential increased cases in the country.

Museveni advised that cargo truck crews should park and sleep in designated areas, as well as get tested.

Uganda continues to allow the passage of cross-border cargo trucks, trains and air cargo despite the closure of all border entry points.

The country has taken a series of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, including a 35-day lockdown scheduled until May 5.

Since the index case on March 21, the country has recorded 55 confirmed cases, of which eight patients have recovered after treatment. Enditem

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