Coronavirus: 11 Uganda Returnees From Afghanistan test positive for COVID-19

91 Ugandans on Repatriation mission from Afghanistan alight from the plane at Entebbe International Airport.

KAMPALA – Eleven Ugandans who recently returned from Afghanistan have tested positive for COVID-19, the health ministry said in a statement today.

The 11 are part of 19 new COVID-19 cases tested from a total of 2,170 samples on June 29th 2020.

“All [travelers from Afghanistan] were under quarantine at the time of test,” said Dr. Henry Mwebesa, the Director General Health Services in the Ministry of Health.

He also said that another seven (7) cases were confirmed from Amuru district and 1 from Kyotera.

Relatedly, 25 more foreign truck drivers (15 Kenyans, 7 Tanzanians and 1 Burundian) who tested positive for COVID-19, were handed back to their respective countries of origin.

– Afghanistan Returnees –

The first batch of returnees arrived Entebbe International Airport on June 23. This was followed by a second batch of 91 Ugandan returnees who arrived Entebbe on Sunday, June 28 aboard Egypt Air.

According to Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the health ministry spokesperson, eleven of the new cases are among travelers from the middle East Country who failed to secure a negative test travel certificate before boarding the plane.

“Most of them have failed to produce negative test certificates so we have resorted to testing them,” Ainebyona said, adding that all Ugandans will be tested now as they enter the country.

To date, Uganda has a total of 889 COVID-19 cases, 819 recoveries and no related deaths.

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