Coronavirus: Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya agree on truck drivers

By Elina Jonas Ruzindaza
On 2 June 2020 at 02:46

Rwandan government in collaboration with Uganda and Kenya has started a coronavirus testing and certification program for cross-border truck drivers, to prevent the spread of the pandemic.

It will start with drivers passing through the northbound lane, that is, from Mombasa in Kenya to Kigali.

The decision comes after Rwanda’s new Coronavirus patients were spotted for days, with most of the truck drivers who cross the border.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Ngamije Daniel on Monday while on National Television, said that they had already agreed with Uganda and Kenya to set up a system for checking, exchanging information, setting up drivers’ parking lot, and more.

Dr. Ngamije said every driver who travels across borders will be tested first and confirmed that he is not infected. The testing is performed by a certified laboratory and will be given a 14-day driving license.

The Minister of Health said that from Mombasa to Kigali there will be a designated space for the drivers so that they do nor mix with other members of the public.

As of Monday, June 1, a total of 377 people had been infected with coronavirus in Rwanda, including 262 who had recovered, 114 who are still sick, and one death.

Rwandan government in collaboration with Uganda and Kenya has started a coronavirus testing and certification program for cross-border truck drivers,

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