Eleven Ugandan Returnees from Afghanistan Test Positive for COVID-19


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The Ministry of Health has confirmed that 11 of the Ugandan returnees from Afghanistan have tested positive for coronavirus disease.

The cases are part of the 19 new COVID-19 cases from 2,170 samples tested on yesterday June 29.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently after registering Ugandans stranded abroad due to the COVID-19 pandemic, recommended to Cabinet that they are returned home is a phased manner, something that was subsequently approved. Cabinet approved the return of over 2,400 Ugandans stranded in 66 countries.

On June 22, a group of returnees from Turkey arrived at Entebbe International airport before another one of 32 Ugandans was received from Sudan the following day.

While receiving the returnees from Sudan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and International Relations, Henry Okello Oryem, said a workplan had been developed to allow the return of an average of 300 persons every fortnight to return home.

“We will allow 300 Ugandans to come in after fourteen days when that group has left the quarantine facilities, then we will allow another 300 Ugandans to occupy those vacated facilities after being cleaned and decontaminated. The next 300 hundred will go through the same procedure and that is what we shall be doing every fortnight,” explained Oryem.

He said in the event that any body is found to have COVID-19 after or during quarantine, he or she will immediately be taken to hospital.

Now, majority of the 137 who returned on Saturday evening were private security guards in Afghanistan. They arrived at 5:50pm aboard a flight operated by Egypt Air.

Richard Mugahi, the in-charge of quarantine centres at the health ministry, says all 207 people were transported to various quarantine centres, all private hotels.

According to the Ministry of Health, all the 11 the new confirmed cases from returnees, were under quarantine at the time of the test.

Meanwhile, the remaining eight of the cases confirmed yesterday were from alerts and samples including seven from Amuru district and one from Kyotera district.

Uganda currently has 889 confirmed cases, 819 recoveries and no related fatalities.

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