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11 Uganda Returnees From Afghanistan Test Positive For Covid-19

11 out of 91 Ugandans who arrived at Entebbe International Airport from Afghanistan on Sunday 28th June 2020 have tested positive for COVID-19.

This was announced by Dr Henry Mwebesa, the Director General Health Services in the Ministry of Health today Tuesday.

The 11 COVID-19 positive returnees are among 19 new COVID-19 cases confirmed by the Ministry of Health from samples tested on Monday 29th June 2020.

“30th June 2020, the Ministry of Health confirms 19 new COVID-19 cases from 2,170 samples tested on 29th June 2020.”

“Eleven of the confirmed cases are passengers who have just returned from Afghanistan. All were under quarantine at the time of test. Seven (7) of the confirmed cases are from Amuru district and 1 from Kyotera district,” announced Dr Mwebesa.

After endless calls by Ugandan nationals stranded abroad to Government to repatriate them, the first batch of returnees arrived at Entebbe International Airport on 23rd June 2020.

This was followed by a second batch of 91 Ugandan returnees from Afghanistan who arrived at Entebbe International Airport aboard Egypt Air on Sunday 28th June 2020.

A total of 2,400 Ugandans are said to have registered with Ugandan Missions abroad to be flown back home.

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The Health Ministry recently announced that Ugandans stuck abroad will be flown in batches of 300 every after 2 weeks.

The returnees are subjected to mandatory 14-day quarantine at their own cost.

Meanwhile, a total of 2,170 samples were tested for COVID-19 on Monday in which 19 new cases were confirmed bringing the total number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in Uganda to 889.

A total of 25 foreign truck drivers (15 Kenyans, 7 Tanzanians, 2 Egyptians and 1 Burundian) tested positive for COVID-19 and were handed back to their respective countries of origin.

Currently, Uganda has a total of 889 COVID-19 confirmed cases, 819 recoveries and no fatalities.

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