Infected and dangerous: Kenyan truck driver vanishes after testing positive for COVID-19 in Uganda

Law enforcers in Uganda have launched a search for a Kenyan truck driver who vanished after he tested positive for coronavirus.

The driver entered the President Yoweri Museveni-led country on Friday, May 8, and was screened by medics at the Malaba border but abandoned his truck after learning that he had contracted the virus.

Aswa Region Police Spokesman Patrick Okema on Sunday, May 10, asked members of the public to volunteer information that will lead to tracing of the driver with the view of enabling him to commence treatment.

"Efforts to trace this patient who has gone in hiding are ongoing. A security team at the border and medical officers are following this matter seriously until we trace him. This fight is not only for the security and medical teams.

It calls for a concerted effort from all of us.

Whoever knows where this gentleman could be, should alert the security team so that he is picked and taken to the treatment centre," Okema was quoted by the Daily Nation on Monday, May 11.

As of evening of Sunday, Uganda had recorded 121 cases out of which 55 patients had recovered.

The country had not reported any COVID-19 related death.

Uganda Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng on Sunday said at least 1,498 samples from truckers had been screened within 24 hours.

"Five new COVID-19 cases confirmed from 1,498 samples of truck drivers bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases to 121 in Uganda.

Out of the new cases, two are Ugandan while 3 are Kenyan truck drivers.

All 341 community samples have tested negative for COVID-19," Aceng tweeted.

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