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TRAVEL ADVISORY AS UGANDA TAKES PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES AGAINST THE CORONAVIRUS.

Tuesday, 17th March 2020
Map Showing the Spread of the Corona Virus (Source: New York Times)
Travelers from Germany advised to consider postponing non-essential travel to Uganda.

Uganda's Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, on 7th March 2020, addressed a press conference at the Ministry of Health headquarters in Kampala, during which she said that although there was no confirmed case of coronavirus in Uganda, the government was taking precautionary measures to ensure that the deadly virus doesn't get into the country. She also announced that Uganda had cancelled all international conferences that were scheduled to take place in the country over the coronavirus outbreak.

Dr. Aceng pointed out that in order to reduce the risk of importation of the COVID-19, the Ministry of Health had been undertaking the following measures;
  1. Screening of all passengers entering through Entebbe International Airport and other border points of entry which include; Busia, Malaba, Cyanika and Egeru.
  2. All travellers coming from the COVID-19 affected countries are required to undergo mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days. 
To further strengthen the prevention measures, the Government of Uganda has reviewed the evolution of the outbreak in the affected countries outside China, categorized them and recommends several measures for the different categories.

Criteria used for Categorization:

Three criteria were used to rank the countries; the criteria were weighed based on their importance in assessing the risk of importation from affected countries.
  1. Number of total (cumulative) cases: The higher the number of cumulative cases, the higher the chances of exportation of COVID 19 cases.
  2. Number of cases in the last 24 hours: This is a measure of active transmission of COVID-19 in the countries.
  3. Exponential increase in cases in the last 7 days: This is an indication of community transmission of COVID-19. This was measured indirectly by the percentage increase in the number of cases in the last 7 days.
The countries that had cumulative number of cases of more than 100 and/or had more than 10 new cases of COVID 19 in the last 24 hours (total of 19) were ranked using the above criteria and scoring. 

Category 1:
People residing in the following 7 countries (Italy, Iran, South Korea, France, China, Germany, and Spain) should consider postponing non-essential travel to Uganda. Any traveller from these countries, including Ugandan nationals will be subjected to self-quarantine for 14 days on arrival to Uganda even if they do not exhibit symptoms of COVID-19.

Additionally, individuals highlighted in category 1 who insist on visiting Uganda will be subjected to self-quarantine or institutional (health facility) quarantine at their own cost.

Category 2:
For the following countries (UK, Switzerland, Norway, Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium, India, and USA), the Ministry of Health will observe the travellers very closely and the evolution of the outbreak in these countries and advise on any restrictions in the coming weeks.

Category 3:
The rest of the countries will undergo the routine screening upon arrival and be advised accordingly on the measures to under-take while in country to prevent infection and where to report if not feeling well.

This analysis will be reviewed weekly and the travel advisory updated accordingly.

Any of the above countries that successfully contain the outbreak will be removed from this list after 14 days with no new cases.

The full press release can be got on this link: https://bit.ly/2TO49Js

Source: Public Diplomacy Desk, Uganda Embassy, Berlin

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