Namanga border classified as COVID-19 high-risk area after 25 truck drivers test positive

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The Ministry of Health on Wednesday, May 13 classified the Namanga One-Stop Border between Kenya and Tanzania as high risk, owing to the COVID-19 cases detected in the area.

According to CAS Dr. Rashid Aman, the decision to place Namanga on the list of high-risk zones was arrived at after 25 truck drivers tested positive for coronavirus on the Tanzanian side.

23 of the drivers were Tanzanians, one was a Ugandan while one was a Rwandese national.

“We informed you about a team that went to Kajiado led by DG Patrick Amoth to ascertain the measures we needed to put in place to curtail cross border transmission of the disease. Arising from that visit, I want to report that the mobile testing lab that will be deployed at Namanga border post shall be ready within a week. We shall be receiving 2 mobile labarotiries so that we can address the testing of truck drivers at the border point,” Dr. Aman said.

US Embassy in Tanzania issues Level 4 Health Advisory

This came just hours after the U.S Embassy in Tanzania issued a Level 4 Health Advisory, due to the COVID-19 impact in the country, saying that the risk of contracting the disease is extremely high.

The U.S says that Tanzanian government has not released any official data on COVID-19 since April 29, insisting that all evidence point to exponential growth of the epidermic in Dar es Salaam and other locations.

Truck drivers woes

Truck drivers plying the Kenya-Tanzania route are complaining of massive delays at the Namanga border point due to COVID-19 screening and certification.

Hundreds of trucks are parked at the border’s yard as drivers waited to be cleared.

Many of them are frustrated because they had to undergo the same process on the Tanzanian side.

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