Dead Kenyan truck driver at Uganda border tests negative for COVID-19


Busia, Uganda | URN | The samples from a Kenyan truck driver who was found dead under his truck on Saturday 13th, June 2020 in Busia district have tested negative for COVID-19.

Samuel Kinywa Wangware, 35, a resident of Mathira in Njeri, Kenya, was on Saturday found dead lying on a mat under his vehicle at Busitema revenue checkpoint in Busia district in eastern Uganda. Wangware had parked his truck registration number KAT 578T at Busitema checkpoint while heading to Nairobi from Kampala.

According to results released on Monday 15th by the Ministry of Health, two separate tests carried out on the deceased found that he was negative for the disease. However, the cause of his death remains unknown, although some of his colleagues say, he was complained of being unwell.

“The ministry conducted investigations into his sudden death which revealed he entered Uganda via Malaba point of entry on May 31, 2020, with a negative COVID-19 test. A sample was taken off his remains by a surveillance team and found negative. The ministry would like to reiterate that to date Uganda has not registered any COVID-19 related death,” Dr Henry Mwebesa, the Director-General of Health Services said in a statement. 

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Meanwhile, a further nine new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed bringing the number of confirmed cases to 701. The nine cases were part of 2,677 samples that were tested on Sunday 14th at different testing centres around the country. All confirmed cases are Ugandan nationals.

Five of the confirmed cases were from alerts and contacts within the communities of Kyotera, Tororo, Amuru and Entebbe. Another four cases of truck drivers entered through the Elegu and Malaba points of entry while 37 foreign truck drivers were sent back to their countries of origin.