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COVID-19: 15 More Ugandans Test Positive

Fifteen new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the country, amounting to 160 Ugandans. These were a portion of 2,729 samples that were tested on Thursday at the border points and the Uganda Virus Research Institute.

Ten of the reported 15 cases are Ugandan truck drivers who entered the country through the Elegu border post in Northern Uganda, while five other cases were from the community.

 All the community cases were contacts of positive cases, mostly truck drivers. They had been quarantined earlier, According to the Ministry of Health.

The government also blocked the entry of 21 truck drivers who tested positive at different points of entry. This brings the number of drivers handed over since the week begun to 145. 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 county 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. Earlier today, Uganda revised it's cases from 274 confirmed cases to 145, after dropping all foreign cases from its records.

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