Uganda reports four new COVID-19 cases, total now 79

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A man wearing a mask as a preventive measure against the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus walks in an empty taxi park in Kampala, Uganda, on March 26, 2020. PHOTO | BADRU KATUMBA | AFP
A man wearing a mask as a preventive measure against the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus walks in an empty taxi park in Kampala, Uganda, on March 26, 2020. PHOTO | BADRU KATUMBA | AFP

Uganda’s Ministry of Health late on Sunday reported four new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the east African country to 79.

“The new cases involve four Tanzanian truck drivers who arrived (in Uganda) via Mutukula,” a checkpoint bordering the two countries, said Health Minister Ruth Aceng in a statement.

According to Aceng, of the 1,989 samples tested, 1,578 were from truck drivers and 411 were from local communities.

Observers have said cross-border cargo checkpoints have become Uganda’s new battlefront in the fight against COVID-19, since the country closed all its borders to all traffic except cargo.

The Ugandan government on Thursday announced it had agreed on measures tackling the spread of the pandemic through cross-border cargo movements.

One of the measures includes relay driving, where a driver from a neighboring country hands over their truck to another at the border after fumigating the vehicle. Drivers will also be requested to park in designated areas to limit their interaction with the public.

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