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Coronavirus: Ugandan Cargo driver tests positive for the pandemic

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KAMPALA – The Ministry of Health has confirmed one new case of COVID-19 in Uganda out of the 625 samples tested yesterday at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI).

A Ugandan cargo transporter has tested positive for the deadly Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 55.

According to the Ministry of Health, the 38-year-old arrived from Kenya via Malaba on April 12, 2020.

Malaba border

Of the samples, 372 were from truck drivers at the border points of entry while the 253 were from contacts in the community. 

In a press statement, the ministry said the new patient didn’t have any signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19. “He was tested at Malaba border point as part of our routine test for truck drivers,” the statement reads.

He was tested at Malaba border point of entry. He did not have signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19,” MoH statement reads in part.

As part of the MoH routine test for truck drivers who enter Uganda from neighbouring countries, a Kenyan truck driver also tested positive for Covid-19.

The health ministry, also revealed that a male Kenyan truck driver aged 27 was found positive among the truck drivers tested. According to the ministry, arrangements to return him to Kenya for treatment are being made.

The health ministry is currently testing all truck drivers (cargo transporters) for COVID-19 who came into the country via the various points of entry.

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