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Chinese Embassy in Uganda Suspends Citizens’ Travel to and from China Over Coronavirus

The Chinese Embassy in Uganda has issued an advisory to the Chinese Community living and working in Uganda, who recently traveled back home to China to remain there a little longer.

The Embassy also told its  citizens in Uganda, who had plans to travel home, to halt those trips.

This is all part of the ongoing joint efforts with the government of Uganda, to prevent the deadly Coronavirus from hitting Uganda.

The virus, which recently broke out in China has since claimed over 100 lives, with more than 4500 cases so far confirmed.

Officials from the Chinese Embassy in Kampala this week had a crisis meeting with those from the Ministry of Health.

According to the Health Ministry Director General Health Services, Dr Charles Olaro, the Chinese officials shared with the ministry, their prevention strategy that includes the travel advisory.

“A notice has been given to the Chinese Community to delay their return to Uganda until the situation is in control (if already in China) and for those in Uganda not to travel to China,” Dr Olaro said.

Meanwhile, according to the Chinese Embassy directive, the community members that just arrived recently in Uganda are to stay in self isolation for at least two weeks.

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The Ministry of Health on the other hand has commenced screening for the Coronavirus at Entebbe International Airport.

The Ministry has also designated Entebbe Regional Referral Hospital and Naguru Regional Referral Hospital as centres for case management in case of an outbreak.

With the fast spread of the Coronavirus in Asia, Europe and the US, a number of countries have take serious steps to contain the spread.

Earlier this morning, British Airlines suspended all flights between the UK and China.

 

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