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Uganda turns away 32 COVID-19 positive foreign truck drivers

By John Tugume

Added 19th May 2020 06:57 AM

To bear the brunt of the directive were 32 drivers who, after testing positive for the virus, were blocked from entering the country and sent home.

Uganda turns away 32 COVID-19 positive foreign truck drivers

32 drivers tested positive for the virus

To bear the brunt of the directive were 32 drivers who, after testing positive for the virus, were blocked from entering the country and sent home.

Uganda has started turning away foreign cargo truck drivers who test positive for COVID-19 following a Presidential directive.

To bear the brunt of the directive were 32 drivers who, after testing positive for the virus on Monday, were blocked from entering the country and sent home.

According to the Ministry of Health, 12 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Uganda on Monday from 1,743 samples of truck drivers.

"All new cases are Ugandans. The total confirmed COVID-19 cases are now 260," the ministry said in a tweet.

"32 foreign truck drivers who tested positive for COVID-19 were turned back to their respective countries," the ministry added.

The announcement came just hours after President Yoweri Museveni announced a new on the lockdown that was pegged on the availability of free standard masks.

However, Museveni said in his address that foreign travel remained banned to avoid importing COVID-19 cases.

The President said Cabinet would sit to consider whether to carry out massive evacuation of Ugandans living abroad.

 

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