Uganda: Another Kenyan driver tests positive for COVID-19

Another truck driver has tested positive for COVID-19, bringing to four the number of truck drivers who have tested positive for the viral disease.

The latest case is a 27-year-old Kenyan truck driver who entered Uganda through Malaba border on Sunday. He is part of 1,114 samples including the 350 from the local community that were tested for the viral disease on Sunday.

Dr Henry Mwebesa, the director-general of Health Services, said in a statement all efforts are on to find the truck driver.

“We are tracing the driver and hope to trace him. The time between, which he was tested and the results released, was not very long. So we don’t think he went very far,” Mwebesa said.

Once found, the driver is expected to provide the list of all the people he came into contact with.

The Health ministry is already tracing over 85 people who are believed to have come into contact with the Ugandan and Kenyan drivers who tested positive earlier.

The Ugandan truck driver who tested positive earlier is currently receiving treatment at Entebbe General hospital. The second case was a Kenyan driver who was driven back to his country. The third case was a Tanzanian national who entered Uganda via Mutukula.

Health minister Jane Ruth Aceng has cautioned Ugandans along the highways against interacting with the truck drivers to contain the spread of the virus.