All 9 COVID-19 cases in Kajiado are Kenyan truck drivers from Tanzania

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On Tuesday, May 11, Kenya recorded 28 new COVID-19 cases out of the 841 tested samples, a number that raised the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 700.

Of the 28 cases, 10 were from Mombasa, nine from Kajiado, seven from Nairobi and two were from Wajir. This is according to Ministry of Health statistics.

The trend that is giving the government much headache is the fact that, all the nine COVID-19 cases in Kajiado were Kenyan truck drivers who were returning from Tanzania.

The government was able to detect this after it started mandatory testing of every person crossing in the country at the Namanga One-Stop Border.

“Tanzanian drivers entering Kenya through that border are tested on their side of the border. 5 of the Tanzanian nationals were found to be positive and we have alerted the Tanzanian authorities to take up the matter,” Health CAS Rashid Aman revealed.

In Uganda, Kenyan truck drivers have expressed their dissatisfaction against how they are been associated with the novel coronavirus, saying that they are facing discrimination, including being called ‘corona’.

Truck drivers have been designated as essential workers, meaning that they are able to cross-border between the East African Community, despite authorities placing some of the countries under COVID-19 lockdown.

In response to the potential threat, Kenya and Uganda have deployed new restrictive measures, such as widespread testing, on truckers.

Ugandan health ministry ordered  “relay trucking”, in which truck drivers stop at the border, sanitise their vehicles and pass along their goods to another driver so they do not cross international lines. 

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