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Uganda’s ministry of health on Monday urged the country’s truck owners and drivers association to send their members for testing, as the government is creating a pool of cross-border truck drivers who test negative for COVID-19 to curb the spread of the disease.

The ministry said in a statement issued here that Uganda’s move is in line with other members states of the East African Community, which agreed that there should be a pool of drivers who can be tracked as the region fights to stop cross-border transmission.

The ministry said it has designated several places where interested drivers can go for testing. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said on May 16 that only truck drivers who test negative for COVID-19 will be allowed into the country.

Uganda currently has 248 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with cross-border truck drivers being the biggest group, according to the ministry.


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