Uganda shuts all her borders, after reporting first coronavirus case

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. Photo Courtesy

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Saturday ordered the closure of all Ugandan border points effective Sunday. The announcement by the president came before the Country recorded the first case of Coronavirus.

Uganda Health Minister Ruth Aseng confirmed the case to be of a 36 year old Ugandan male who arrived from Dubai at 2:00am, Saturday 21 March 2020 aboard Ethiopian airlines. He presented with symptoms of high fever and poor appetite.

“This prompted the health team at the airport to isolate him 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 nasal swab was taken for analysis. The patient is in stable condition but remains under isolation,” explained Aseng

First case of #COVID19 confirmed in Uganda. PHOTO COURTESY MINISTRY OF HEALTH - UGANDA. SOURCE: TWITTER
First case of #COVID19 confirmed in Uganda. PHOTO COURTESY MINISTRY OF HEALTH – UGANDA. SOURCE: TWITTER

The move by the Ugandan Government, is to curb the spread of CoronaVirus Pandemic that has been reported in several countries in Africa.

“To prohibit all incoming passengers whether by air, water or road, in order to actualise this, we have decided to prohibit all passenger planes coming from outside Uganda from landing at any of the airports of Uganda. Only the cargo planes will be allowed to fly into and outside of Uganda. Also to be allowed are planes on account of emergency or UN planes doing relief work,” ordered Museveni.

“No person, Ugandan or otherwise, will be allowed to enter Uganda by water or land except for drivers and accompanying crews not exceeding three for cargo transport vehicles such as trailers, lorries and other vehicles,” he added.

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