East African community members are focusing on an uninterrupted flow of goods even as the focus turns to testing truck drivers to tame the spread of Covid 19.
In a virtual meeting yesterday,Kenyan,Rwanda and South Sudaneese Leaders said the countries should keep their borders however they should ensure that truck drivers should be tested and monitored.
Part of the problem the leaders said ,is that EAC countries are sitting on vital information about their Covid 19 status.
“The heads of state said information sharing is key during crises and directed ministers responsible for health,trade.Transport and EAC Affairs to adopt and finalize a digital surveillance and tracking system for drivers and crew on Covid 19,”reads a dispatch from EAC Headquarters in Arusha without specifying timelines.
The heads directed focal persons to immediately work on a regional Mechanism for testing and certification of Truck drivers before their departure at the point of origin.
This comes in the wake of Kenya confirming that 9 truck drivers from Tanzania tested positive for Corona Virus at the Namanga border.
Kenya,Uganda,Tanzania,Rwanda,Burundi have recorded 1824 cases and some 57 deaths and 465 recoveries.
Ironically elections still continue in Burundi despite the current situation.Election observers from the bloc will be quarantined for 14 days.
The president’s communique said that partner states adopt a harmonized system for certification and sharing of Covid 19 test results.
There have been irregular announcements,especially from Tanzania,which has not made public the number of people tested for Covid 19.
Tanzanian President John Magufuli and his Burundian counterpart Pei-re Nkurunziza did not attend the virtual meeting, the first of its kind between EAC Heads of state.