KAMPALA — 15 new Coronavirus infections have been recorded on Friday May 22— bringing Uganda’s tally to 175.
These, are part of 2,106 samples that were tested for COVID-19 from the border points and the Uganda Virus Research Institute.
12 of the new cases are truck drivers while 3 cases are contacts to previously confirmed truck drivers, according to the Ministry of Health.
The authorities have also blocked the entry of 23 truck drivers who tested positive at different points of entry.
This brings the number of drivers handed over since the week begun to 168.
Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, the Minister of Health says that the drivers are being handed over in line with a presidential directive.
“The president made a directive that only truck drivers who test negative would enter the country. Drivers who test positive are handed over to their country of origin for treatment,” Dr Aceng said.
The president’s directive to only allow negative truck drivers was this morning followed with a reduction in COVID-19 cases.