Four truck drivers have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing to 126, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, the Ministry of Health has announced.
Two of the new confirmed cases are Ugandans while the other two are of a Kenyan and Tanzanian national. The Kenyan and Ugandans are believed to have entered the country through the Elegu point of entry while the Tanzanian case was tested at Matukula.
The four cases were part of 1,478 samples of truck drivers that were tested by the Uganda Virus Research Institute. So far, Uganda has tested more than 10,000 truck drivers.
The testing of truck drivers as well as the identification and tracking of positive cases has been an issue of contention among many Ugandans with the fear that the drivers will lead to the spread of the disease.
But the Head of States across East Africa today agreed on several conditions for handling the COVID-19 outbreak in the community. One of the issues agreed upon was the development of a harmonized system for certification and sharing of COVID-19 test results.