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Ugandan Authorities Dismiss KLM Coronavirus Flight Report

Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) has dismissed as “unfortunate” and “wrong” claims that a KLM aircraft carrying Coronavirus victims was stuck at Entebbe International Airport.

The report on social media alleged that several passengers aboard the flight exhibited “signs of flue and cough after several screenings” on March 7, 2020.

“That is not true,” said UCAA publicist, Vianney M. Luggya in a media statement on Sunday.

The post alleged that the passengers were destined to be flown back on the same KLM flight.

Luggya said the only thing that “happened is that a KLM flight from Entebbe International Airport to Amsterdam experienced a technical problem on March 7, 2020 and didn’t take-off as planned.”

The flight’s failure to take-off was for technical reasons, which is a normal practice in the aviation industry, according to authorities.

“It had nothing to do with any suspected Corona Virus cases,” said Luggya.

Uganda has not registered any Coronavirus victim.

World Health Organisation (WHO) on Saturday said the global number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has surpassed 100 000.

However, experts say the spread of this virus can be significantly slowed or even reversed through the implementation of robust containment and control activities. 

Uganda has since issued travel restrictions for nationals whose countries have registered cases of Coronavirus.

Officials say the virus can be contained by embracing universally applicable actions, such as working across society to identify people who are sick, bringing them to care, following up on contacts, preparing hospitals and clinics to manage a surge in patients, and training health workers.

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