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Ministry of Foreign Affairs has suspended the return of any new stranded Ugandans abroad from July 5th 2020. FILE PHOTO

Ministry of Foreign Affairs has suspended the return of any new stranded Ugandans abroad from July 5th 2020.

Uganda’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has suspended the return of any new stranded Ugandans abroad from July 5th 2020 according to a statement released on Friday.

This comes after a total of 270 Ugandan citizens were on Friday transported back into the country from the United Arab Emirates aboard a Fly Emirates aircraft.

According to the Foreign Affairs ministry, the decision has been taken to ensure that there is a limited number of people occupying the quarantine centres provided by the government to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The Ministry of Health recently gazetted 37 isolation centres in Kampala and Entebbe that have a total capacity of 2,500 rooms and thus foreign affairs ministry says that suspension is to see that these centres are not over congested.

Up to 1,500 Ugandan returnees have been affected including those from North America, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, China and Malaysia who were scheduled to arrive in the coming week.

The foreign affairs ministry, however, says they will resume transport operations for all their citizens outside Uganda after they have attended to those residing in particular quarantine centres.

According to the foreign affairs Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Patrick Mugoya, they need to first ensure that the isolation centres are decongested before letting in a new group of returnees.

The Ministry of Health earlier announced that all returnees into Uganda shall be stressed to a mandatory 14-day quarantine to determine their health state before letting them into the public.

As a result, Mugoya says that the returnees need to be fully compliant adhering to directives in place such as washing hands with soap, maintaining social distancing and wearing masks to curb the spread of the virus.

stranded ugandans abroad from july
Ministry of Foreign Affairs has suspended the return of any new stranded Ugandans abroad from July 5th 2020. FILE PHOTO

Meanwhile, as of today, Uganda’s COVID-19 cases have reached 911 after the health ministry yesterday confirmed nine new cases from tests done on July 2nd.

Part of the nine cases, four were of truck drivers. Two arrived from Kenya via Malaba, one from Tanzania via Mutukula border and one from South Sudan via Elegu border.

Three cases also part of the nine were contacts and alerts including two from Amuru and one from Kyotera district.

Relatively, the Ministry yesterday returned a total of eleven foreign truck drivers including ten Kenyans and one Tanzanian who tested positive for COVID-19 to their respective countries of origin.