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Kenyan Truck Driver Picked From Gulu Test Negative For Covid-19

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A Kenyan truck driver picked last week from Layibi down shop in Layibi division in Gulu Municipality has tested negative for COVID-19.

According to Ojara Martin Mapenduzi, the local council five chairperson Gulu, Khadi Abibi, 26 years old, was released from quarantine on Tuesday.

The test comes at a time when the number of truck drivers testing positive of COVID-19 has risen to 17. All the new cases are truck drivers from Tanzania and Kenya.

The drivers were identified through mandatory border point entry testing that was begun two weeks ago by the health ministry.

As of Friday , the health ministry is tracing over 300 Ugandans who are believed to have come into contact with at least one of the 17 truck drivers who tested positive.

The Minister of Trade and Cooperatives plans to put in place call off centers for truck drivers, in a move aimed at fighting the spread of the Coronavirus.

Under the new arrangement, the ministry is going to put several designated places dubbed call off centers where the truck drivers are supposed to rest and refresh before continuing with their journeys.

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