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PHOTOS: Entebbe Airport Shuts Down

Entebbe International Airport has closed shop in line with a presidential directive issued on Saturday.

President Museveni announced the closure of Entebbe International Airport effective at 12:00 a.m. March 23 (midnight the night of March 22), as well as the closure of all land borders.

This was after the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported in the country.

Museveni said no individual will be allowed to enter or depart Uganda by air, land, or water except for specific cargo vehicles which must follow strict Ministry of Health procedures.

Latest pictures from Entebbe show empty airport counter check-ins.

A row of Uganda Airlines aircraft is visible at the airport after being grounded last week.

Uganda Airlines aircraft were grounded this past weekend (Photo Credit: Emmanuel Ainebyoona)

The coronavirus outbreak, which has so far killed 14,753 people, has left governments and businesses facing tough decisions.

Entebbe Airport’s traffic has been rapidly increasing throughout the years, recording 1,840,264 passengers in 2018.

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This reflected an additional 190,264 passengers more than the 1.65 Million passengers registered in 2017.

The 10.2% growth has been a result of the increased number of travels by Ugandans seeking for employment in the Middle East, improved tourism promotion of Uganda’s tourist attractions among others.

Most businesses at the airport have been closed. Only aviation staff and security personnel were spotted at the airport.

Only one Coronavirus case has been confirmed in Uganda.


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