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Uganda coronavirus cases rise to 139

Virologists at the Uganda Virus Research Institute

Virologists at the Uganda Virus Research Institute

Uganda’s confirmed coronavirus cases have risen by 13 to 139.

The new cases are from truck drivers comprising of 7 Ugandans who arrived from Tanzania via Mutukula, 5 Kenyans who arrived from South Sudan via the Elegu border and an Eritrean who arrived from Kenya via Malaba.

According to the ministry of Health, a total of 2,104 samples were tested on Wednesday and all the 363 community samples tested negative.

Of Uganda’s 136 cases, over 70 are from truck drivers and Uganda has not registered any community cases in the last two week. On Wednesday, 5 Tanzanian drivers who had been admitted at Arua regional referral hospital were discharged after recovering from the virus.

From Kabale regional referral hospital, a Kenyan truck driver was also discharged after recovering from coronavirus. The Kenyan driver was admitted at the hospital after being intercepted by authorities in Kisoro district while en route to Rwanda last month on April 25.

In the region, Kenya registered Kenya 22 new cases and 4 new deaths to take its total to 737 confirmed cases and 40 deaths.

Rwanda recorded one new case to rise its national tally to 287. Tanzania’s cases still stand at 509 with the last update coming in on April 29. Similarly, Burundi’s has made no updates in over 3 weeks but the country’s cases still stand at 15.

South Sudan reported 9 new cases to rise its national tally to 203. 

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+1 #1 Mama Mia 2020-05-14 03:19
I tried to advise the old man without success this time.

So Ugandans prepare yourselves to face the wrath of Covid-19 in 2 weeks' time. It is shocking that this man is allowing Ugandan drivers to go to coronavirus infested countries and then come back to their families.

Spending $65 of Ugandan tax payers on testing each foreign driver is not only wasteful but stupid as well. I feel inclined to call on Ugandans to defend themselves against this pandemic by stopping these truck drivers.

If the situation was the other way round, those people wouldn't allow us to enter their countries. Well done Mzee East Africa!!!
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0 #2 Webz 2020-05-14 09:24
The saying goes that "there's hardly a dog that doesn't eat dung".

Ugandan drivers also misbehave with marayas when in the virus hardest hit countries. Then they come back here with the deadly virus.

One should remember that cross-border drivers are ages old agents of most nasty sexually transmitted diseases including gonorrhea, syphilis, AIDS, etc.

Even the home praised President Museveni for effectively fighting against the deadly COVID-19 is wondering as to what to do about the cross-border drivers.
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