A truck driver who tested positive for Coronavirus was yesterday rounded up from Buganda Pub, along Gulu- Kampala road in Gulu town.
The patient is an Eritrean national who had already spent two days in the community after he arrived in Gulu on Tuesday, May 12. Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Public Relations Officer said the driver was intercepted following a police led intelligence operation backed by the military and health workers.
Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, the District Chairperson and coordinator for the District Task Force said that the driver’s sample tested positive from Elegu at Uganda, South Sudan border point in Amuru District.
Business and traffic were paralyzed as security personnel hunted for suspected contacts of the driver. However, five people were traced and immediately whisked away to the Gulu School of Clinical Officers quarantine facility. The three cases bring to eight, the number of patients being treated for the infectious virus disease at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital.
The total number of truck drivers who have so far tested positive for Covid-19 in Uganda is 100.
Meanwhile, as the virus spreads further, UNAIDS, the UN agency fighting against the deadly HIV/AIDS virus, has initiated a petition to global leaders requesting that when a successful Covid-19 vaccine is developed, it should be made available free of charge to all.