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11 Ugandan returnees from Afghanistan test positive for COVID-19

Some of the returnees after landing at Entebbe airport

Some of the returnees after landing at Entebbe airport

Eleven Ugandans who recently returned from Afghanistan have tested positive for COVID-19 according to results released from the ministry of Health today. All the 11 returnees were under quarantine at the time of testing.  

The returnees are part of the new 19 cases that tested positive from a total of 2,170 samples tested on Monday. Seven of the confirmed cases are from the communities within Amuru and one from Kyotera district, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 889. The number of recoveries increased to 819 following the recovery and discharge of another 11 patients.  

The 11 confirmed cases are part of a group of 137 Ugandans who returned from the Middle East country on Saturday. Majority of the returnees were security guards. Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the Health ministry spokesperson says that the eleven cases are among travellers who failed to secure the negative test travel certificate before boarding the plane.  

"Most of them have failed to produce negative tests certificates so we have resorted to testing them. So all Ugandans will be tested now as they enter the country," Ainebyoona said.  

Previously, one of the conditions that all Ugandans had to fulfil before they can travel back was a negative travel certificate in addition to undergoing institutional quarantine on their arrival in the country.  

At this time, it remains unclear whether the government has changed its stand on the need for negative travel certificates as a must-have but with over 2,000 Ugandans expected to return in the next couple of weeks.

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