Kenya & Tanzania agrees on truck drivers COVID-19 testing

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Kenya and Tanzania have both agreed yesterday, May 22, on testing truck drivers at the borders without mentioning nationality of the drivers.

The agreement was reached after the countries Transport Minister Isaack Kamwele (Tanzania) and James Macharia (Kenya) met and said that the results will be submitted to the respective authorities for appropriate measures.

“Truck crew will be tested before the commencement of their journeys at point of origin using WHO standards and will be issued with a 14-day COVID-19 free certificate by the competent authority which shall be mutually recognized,” a statement signed by both parties reads.

Each state will undertake random screening at the designated resting points. “This should be treated in a transparent manner. In case one of the vehicle crew is found at high risk of the deadly infectious disease, the owner of the vehicle will be required to replace the whole crew and the vehicle allowed to proceed,” the statement adds.

Each vehicle will be allowed to have a crew of not more than three members. However, citizens operating farm activities in either of the territories will be allowed to cross and access their farms subject to being identified by the local leaders.

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