The 24 cases include 14 Kenyan truck drivers, 6 Tanzanians and four Ugandans who entered the country via the South Sudan border at Elegu, Tanzania border at Mutukula and Kenya border at Malaba.
Of the total 227 confirmed coronavirus cases in Uganda, 167 (74 per cent) are from truck drivers consisting of 71 Kenyans, 46 Ugandans, 37 Tanzanians, 7 Eritreans, 3 Burundians, one South Sudanese, one Rwandans and one unknown.
Saturday's new 24 confirmed cases were part of 2,044 samples that were tested on Saturday at both the Mutukula points of entry using the GeneXpert machines and Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) at Entebbe.
Dr Monica Musenero, an epidemiologist and a disease outbreak presidential adviser says that the use of the GeneXpert machines will help reduce worry about truck drivers.
"Many Ugandans have been worried about truck drivers spreading the disease. The use of the GeneXpert machines is welcome because only negative truck drivers will be allowed to enter the country. The chances of positive drivers interacting with people have been reduced," she said.
Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta announced similar measures on Saturday while announcing the extension of the country's lockdown by a further 21 days to June 6. The extension led to sporadic protests in parts of Nairobi.