Mandatory testing creates long tailbacks at the Kenya-Uganda border

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The mandatory testing of long distance lorry drivers in the bid to stem the spread of COVID-19 has resulted in long tailbacks on the Kenyan side of the border with Uganda.

According to Kenyan Citizen TV, the tailback was 30km (19 miles) long.

The Kenyan government decided that all drivers had to be tested before crossing the border after Uganda confirmed that eight Kenyan drivers had tested positive for the virus.

According to a BBC article, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, had last week said that the authorities in both countries were discussing ways to reduce cross-border coronavirus cases.

“As well as mandatory testing, they also proposed relay driving, where drivers hand over vehicles to their Ugandan counterparts at the border.”

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