Uganda Revises Covid-19 Cases, Foreign Truck Drivers Taken Off List

Courtesy picture of truck drivers awaiting clearance

Government has revised the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country by removing the number of foreign truck drivers from its cases following a decision by President Yoweri Museveni.

“Following the Presidential Directive that foreign truck drivers are deducted from Uganda’s case count, Uganda’s confirmed COVID-19 cases now stand at 145,” said the Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said on Wednesday.

She added that this is “in addition to allowing in the country only the truck drivers that test negative.”

Last month, the World Health Organization (WHO)’s International Health Regulations (IHR) directed that every case that is confirmed for COVID-19 should be registered and treated by the host country, a decision contested by Uganda.

Following Uganda’s deduction of cases of foreign drivers from its COVID-19 tally, Dr Yonas Woldermariam, the WHO country representative says that Uganda will have to inform respective countries to add the country’s discarded number to their national numbers.

According to Minister Aceng, 11 foreign truck drivers were on Wednesday handed over to their countries of origin.

“Total Foreign truck drivers handed over to their countries of origin since the Presidential directive is now 124,” said Dr. Aceng.

Uganda’s new confirmed COVID-19 positive cases include: 47 returnees from abroad, 10 contacts and community alerts and 88 Ugandan long distance truck drivers, according to the Health Ministry.

89 cases are admitted and are all in stable condition, says the Director General of Health Services, Dr. Henry G. Mwebesa.

Uganda has registered 65 recoveries and no covid-19 related death.

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