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COVID-19: Tanzanian Truck Driver Transferred to Mulago

Peter Debele, the Kiryandongo Resident District Commissioner (RDC), also the Chairperson for the District COVID-19 Task Force confirmed the development. He told URN than the patient has already been referred to the National Referral Hospital Mulago for further management.
The box truck TZ650B2K being driven by the Tanzanian nationa enroute to DRC via Vurra

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A 34-year-old Tanzanian national who tested positive for COVID-19 has been relocated to Mulago after being intercepted on Friday night at Karuma Bridge in Kiryandongo District.

The truck driver tested positive at Mutukula, the Uganda-Tanzania cross border on Thursday, April 16. His sample was among the results of the 1,120 people tested at the Uganda Virus Research Institute.

An alert message by the National Task Force on COVID-19 and Ministry of Health indicated that he was aboard a truck registration TZ 650B2K destined to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) via Vurra in Arua District.

Peter Debele, the Kiryandongo Resident District Commissioner says that the patient has already been referred to the National Referral Hospital Mulago for further management.

According to Debele, the intercepted box truck has been parked at Kiryandongo Government Hospital pending further instructions from the Ministry of Health and COVID-19 National Task Force Committee.

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This is the second case of a truck driver who has tested positive at the border of Uganda and her neighbouring East African countries.

On Thursday another truck driver who tested positive of the deadly virus was intercepted at Kamdini Trading Centre in Oyam District about 65Km south of Gulu Town.

The surveillance team who intercepted him made a decision isolate him at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital. However, area leaders stormed the Gulu-Kampala highway to stop the ambulance from entering Gulu town with the patient.

According to the Ministry of Health, Tanzanian national from Dar Salaam he will be immediately returned home and his case would not add to the 55 current cumulative number of infections in Uganda.

As of Friday, Tanzania had recorded 53 new cases of the global pandemic bringing their total number of patients to 147, with five fatalities while Uganda hasn’t yet recorded any death.