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Truck Drivers Welcome Electronic COVID-19 Tracking System

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The East Africa Community Secretariat has rolled out its Regional Electronic Cargo and Driver Tracking System that will enable authorities to electronically track positive COVID- 19 cases among truck drivers.

Under this system, a Covid-19 digital certificate issued by one country will be mutually recognized by the other countries, thus eliminating the need for multiple testing.

In April and May, truck drivers twice blocked the Uganda Kenya highways at the border points, protesting the slow COVID 19 testing process that took days for one to be cleared.

At that time, more than half the cases in Uganda were drivers from Kenya, South Sudan and Tanzania.

The new system or RECDTS will help alleviate ongoing congestion at the border crossing points, where queues of trucks have gone to more than ten kilometres, especially at Malaba, Busia, Nimule and Elegu.

The surveillance system helps to monitor the long-distance truckers’ health and eases contact tracing.

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