KAMPALA — The government has temporarily banned all international conferences slated to take place in Uganda till further notice due to the looming threat of COVID-19.
Some of the cancelled international conferences include the Africa Climate week and G77+China summit that were due in Kampala next month.
This was revealed Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng as she updated the public on Uganda’s enhanced measures to prevent the importation of COVID—19.
As of Saturday, March 7, the Minister said Uganda does not have any confirmed or suspected case of COVID—19.
Uganda has no confirmed case of COVID-19 as of 7th March 2020. However, to date, a total of 1296 travelers, Chinese, Ugandans and other travelling back home have been identified as as high brisk and identified for purposes of follow up,” she said, adding “that a total of 765 traveler are under self quarantine, of which 456 completed the mandatory 14 days days of self isolation.”
She announced stringent measures put by government to contain coronavirus. Ms. Aceng said that people residing in the seven countries; Italy, Iran, South Korea, France, China, Germany, and Spain should consider postponing non-essential travel to Uganda.
“Any traveler from these countries, including Ugandan nationals will be subjected to self-quarantine for 14 days on arrival to Uganda even if they do not exhibit symptoms of COVID-19,” Dr. Aceng said.
She added that her Ministry will observe travelers from United Kingdom, Switzerland, Norway, Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium, India, and USA very closely and the evolution of the outbreak in these countries and advise on any restrictions in the coming weeks.
The Minister said travellers from the rest of the countries will undergo the routine screening upon arrival and be advised accordingly on the measures to undertake while in country to prevent infection and where to report if not feeling well.