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21 Ugandan truck drivers test positive for COVID-19

Another 21 truck drivers have tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), according to results released by the Health ministry this morning. This brings the number of confirmed cases to 248.

17 out of the 21 cases were collected at the Elegu point of entry with South Sudan, three were from Mutukula border with Tanzania and one from Malaba border with Kenya.

The tests were part of 1,324 that were carried out on Sunday. Dr Henry Mwebesa, the director-general of Health Services says the delay in releasing the results was caused by a late start of testing at the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS).  

“Samples from truck drivers had to be sorted appropriately and divided between the Uganda Virus Research Institute and the National Health Laboratory Services by the laboratory teams for quick turn around. Testing at NHLS begun at 7:30 pm yesterday evening hence the delay in reporting results,” Dr Mwebesa said.

Mwebesa adds that the ministry is working towards installing GeneXpert machines at points of entry in order to ensure that results are released on time. This will make sure that drivers know their COVID-19 status before they are allowed to enter the country.

NHLS is one of eight laboratories that will be testing for COVID-19 in the country. Testing at NHLS will be carried out using the Cobas 8800 which has the capacity to carry out 192 tests per hour. The laboratory yesterday received 15,000 PCR tests.    

Of the total 248 confirmed coronavirus cases in Uganda, 188 (76 per cent) are from truck drivers consisting of 71 Kenyans, 67 Ugandans, 37 Tanzanians, 7 Eritreans, 3 Burundians, one South Sudanese, one Rwandans and one unknown.

Globally, more than 4.7 million people have been affected by the pandemic and 315,000 killed. A meeting of health officials are today holding virtual World Health Assembly to discussing how the global coordination of COVID-19 can be strengthened.

President Yoweri Museveni is set to address Ugandans on the status of the extension lockdown which is set to end at midnight. 

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0 #1 WADADA rogers 2020-05-18 13:16
Wapi, find somebody else to fool, I personally saw this claim coming, this is what happens whenever the president is about to address the nation on the lock down.

Now this justifies why the restrictions should not be lifted, its a hard joke
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0 #2 Webz 2020-05-18 14:11
There's hardly any dog that doesn't eat dung.

Our Ugandan drivers, when out of the country, do associate with the diseased marayas of the other COVID-19 hard hit countries.

Even previously the drivers have always been agents of nasty sexual infectious diseases including gonorrhea, syphilis, AIDS, etc. They're one of most careless loose persons one can find.
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0 #3 WADADA rogers 2020-05-18 15:15
To be honest, Ugandans have tried their best to live within the parameters of the lockdown restrictions but i dont understand why the President has refused to make a decision on truck drivers.

Imagine out of the 240 plus cases, only 67 are Ugandans, over 188 are foreigners.
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0 #4 WADADA rogers 2020-05-18 15:44
Always hunting for excuses to do the wrong things under the cover of some vacuum.

Am told the President intends to push his address slated for today to some other future date. Lets ask ourselves questions and also give answers to ourselves.

If the 14 days extension ends to day at midnight, what will happen if Ugandans walk up tomorrow to go for work and or defy all the measures now that the lock down had brought, can any one be arrested for going about their normal life.

By implication, failure to speak today means that the restrictions are lifted, after all, they were for 14 days which have expired.
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0 #5 Wooden K. 2020-05-18 16:39
OoooH foolish , gullible , clueless naive Ugandans

Easy to decieve , easy to trap ; incapable of learning.anything
For how long are we going to be set-up so easily ?!

I mean , even before we knew what the virus is and how deep it can go , we are already singing " WHAT A WONDERFUL PRESIDENT.." !!

Our almighty RULER liked the chant ..so did his scouts.. Uganda so called parliament was the first and the only bunch of idiots in the whole World to pass a motion praising the President for a job well done.

The message : its over : indomitable Super Glue has defeated yet another enemy

How then does anyone with a brain expect that someone who works for the system is going to give you the correct numbers of the infected and the dead ?

Of course they are going to trick you into believing that its mostly truck-drivers that are diseased .
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+1 #6 Wooden K. 2020-05-18 16:50
Wadada , you surprise me !

These numbers and made up to create an impression that Museveni is a super leader, but it is foreigners that are causing the problem.

Its actually very simple : tell the gullible natives and the stressed international Community) that Ugandan`s ruler is special , but do not close down the money tap by declaring that there are no cases to handle.

This is the same trick in Somalian never ending "Peace keeping" mission .

Corona virus is like a sniper . As long as it is still outhere , is is stupid and suicidal to send back out people into bars , overcowded streets , markets and cheotic nightlife.
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0 #7 Lysol 2020-05-18 19:01
No one really know the exact numbers of those infected with the virus.

Only fools can believe whatever numbers the corrupt regime tells them.

Do we know that more than 100 Ethiopians have died in the USA alone or how many Ugndans have died abroad. Not to mention China or the graveyard of Somalia? History will tell.
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0 #8 Nalongo Mutiima 2020-05-19 16:37
Quoting Wooden K.:
OoooH foolish , gullible , clueless naive Ugandans

Easy to decieve , easy to trap ; incapable of learning.anything
For how long are we going to be set-up so easily ?!

Our almighty RULER liked the chant ..so did his scouts.. Uganda so called parliament was the first and the only bunch of idiots in the whole World to pass a motion praising the President for a job well done.

Of course they are going to trick you into believing that its mostly truck-drivers that are diseased .


In Animal Farm, sheep bleating naively and endlessly that: Napoleon is always right oblivious of Napoleon's betrayal of the principle of animalism e.g. all animals are equal.

The book exposes the Machiavellian style of M7's dictatorship, the idiotic MPs, cowed judiciary and the silly and constipated pigs at the command post.
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