Uganda repatriates 14 virus-positive cross-border cargo truck drivers

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Uganda has repatriated 14 Tanzanian and Kenyan cross-border cargo truck drivers who tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the country, a top Health Ministry official said here late Monday.

Director General Health Services, Henry Mwebesa, said in a statement that 8 Tanzanian and 6 Kenyan truck drivers have returned to their respective countries for treatment.

Uganda has reported a total of 79 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 pandemic. Of these, at least 47 patients have been discharged from the hospital after recovery, according to the health ministry.

Uganda on Thursday announced it had agreed on measures tackling the spread of the coronavirus pandemic through cross-border cargo movements.

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

Observers say cross-border cargo checkpoints have become Uganda’s new battlefront in its fight against COVID-19. The East African country has closed all its borders to all traffic except for cargo shipments. Enditem

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