♦️Today,18 May,2020, 12 new COVID-19 cases confirmed from 1,743 samples of truck drivers. All new cases are Ugandans.
The total confirmed COVID-19 cases are now 260.
🔺32 foreign truck drivers who tested positive for COVID-19 were turned back to their respective countries
— Ministry of Health- Uganda (@MinofHealthUG) May 18, 2020
All news cases are Ugandan cargo truck drivers.
A total of 32 foreign cargo truck drivers tested positive for coronavirus and were returned back to their respective countries, according to what Ministry of Health shared on it’s Facebook page.
The total of COVID-19 recoveries are 63 so far.
During the nation address on Monday evening, the president of Uganda announced that the lockdown helped them to identify where the enemy is coming from, one of them was through the cargo truck drivers.
When we allowed the drivers to keep coming, it was a calculated risk. Why? We need that cargo to survive, but also to be prosperous. Much of the in-bound and outbound cargo is ours. We are not carrying other people’s cargo. It’s our coffee going to Mombasa. 75% of the cargo which come into Uganda are for Uganda. It’s only 25 % which is for other inland countries like Burundi, South Sudan and etc.The cargo comprises of our coffee, tea, cement, steel bars, sugar, maize, milk products going to external markets. It’s also our machinery because we’re buying machinery,’he said.
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