Eight truck drivers who arrived from Tanzania have been turned back after testing positive for coronavirus at the Namanga border.

The prevalence of covid-19 among truck drivers making rounds in the East African nations has proven a headache for the nations in the battle against the disease with border points now marked as hotspots and key areas of focus, at least according to the Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Mercy Mwangangi.

“Our porous borders are now the ones that have become the latest high-risk areas in the transmission of the disease. Truck drivers are becoming the other weak link in the fight against the virus,” she said in a daily covid-19 media briefing at Afya House on Thursday afternoon.

Her counterpart Rashid Aman said on Wednesday that plans to deploy a mobile testing lab at the Namanga border were underway.

Amid rising concerns from Kenyans worried about a possible influx of the disease from the neighbouring country of Tanzania, Dr. Mwangangi reassured Kenyans that the East African member states had their best foot forward in the fight against the virus that is sweeping across the planet at top speed.

Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Mercy Mwangangi during a past press briefing. PHOTO/COURTESY

According to the CAS the covid-19 situation is under the ‘hawk-eye’ of the National Emergency Response Committee and that Kenya will not hesitate to take any measures as the situation dictates.

“I wish to urge Kenyans to remain calm and exercise patience as the Government addresses the situation,” she added.

Kenya had 758 confirmed cases of covid-19, 28 recoveries and 42 fatalities, as of Thursday.

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