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Trucks awaiting clearance at the Busia Malaba Border. Photo: Courtesy

15 Kenyan truck drivers denied entry into Uganda after testing positive for Covid-19.

Fifteen Kenyan truck drivers have been denied entry into Uganda through the Busia Malaba border after testing positive for Covid-19.

The 15 who were tested at the border point are part of 19 foreign truck drivers that tested positive for the virus at the point of entry with two being Congolese and the other 2 Tanzanians.

“Their entry into Uganda was not permitted,” a statement from Ugandan authorities read in part on Wednesday.

Ugandan authorities said the results of Covid-19 tests done on July 14, 2020 confirmed three new cases.

Of the three cases, two are Uganda truck drivers who arrived from Kenya via Busia boarders while one is an alert from Kampala.

The cumulative confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Uganda to date are 1,043.

In May, Uganda’s health minister┬árevised downwards the country’s total number of coronavirus cases following President Yoweri Museveni’s directive to expunge all foreign drivers from the tally.

It was directed that the count of all infected foreign truck drivers would be added to their respective countries.