A total of 24 cross-border cargo truck drivers on Saturday tested positive for COVID-19 in Uganda, taking the total number of infections to 227 in the country, the health ministry said.
Out of 2,044 samples collected from cross-border truck drivers, the 24 new cases comprise 14 Kenyans, six Tanzanians and four Ugandans, the ministry said in a statement.
“All 554 community samples have tested negative for COVID-19,” it added.
Uganda earlier on Saturday issued new stringent measures on cross-border cargo truck drivers, saying that only those who test negative for COVID-19 will be allowed to enter the country.
“As earlier communicated, action to address rising cases among truck drivers has been taken,” Health Minister Ruth Aceng tweeted.
Out of the 227 COVID-19 cases, at least 63 have recovered and no one has died from the disease, according to the ministry.