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Uganda Confirms First Case of COVID-19

…as six Chinese who escaped from quarantine centre arrested

Uganda has confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in the country.

The confirmed case is a 36-year-old Ugandan male who arrived from Dubai at 2:00 am local time in Uganda on Saturday 21 March 2020, aboard Ethiopian airlines.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruyj Acceng announced at a briefing that during the screening at the airport, his temperature was high and that prompted further evaluation:

“During the screening process at the airport, his temperature was 38.7. This prompted the health teams to isolate him at the airport for further follow up. Subsequent temperatures taken at intervals of 30 minutes and one hour remained the same.

“He was evacuated to Entebbe Grade B Hospital for further follow up where a nasal swab was taken for analysis.

“The Ministry of Health Uganda reassures the general public that all measures were undertaken to identify this case at the airport and isolate him in a timely manner.

“The passenger manifest has been retrieved and all contacts are known as we are in position of the passports of all the travelers that came on that plane.

“The public is hereby requested to remain calm and vigilant and to report any suspected cases, call our toll-free lines on 0800-203-033 and 0800-100-066.”

Meanwhile, six Chinese nationals who escaped from quarantine centre in Uganda have been arrested and they will soon be charged to court.

A senior reporter with NBS Television in Uganda, @zahranamuli, announced this on her Twitter handle.

It will be recalled that Uganda placed travel restrictions on international travels to some high-risk countries in the bid to prevent the importation of COVID-19 into the country.

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