Uganda returns foreign visitors for refusing to self-quarantine
London, March 9, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Uganda has told 22 foreigners who refused to self-quarantine on arrival for a business forum to return to their home countries.
Uganda’s Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng said the 22 travellers had arrived from “category one” countries deemed high-risk in the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
The ministry has categorised Italy, Iran, South Korea, France, China, Germany and Spain as countries whose citizens have to undergo self-quarantine for 14 days even if they do not have coronavirus symptoms.
The 22 travellers were informed of the self-quarantine requirement on their arrival at Entebbe International Airport.
They refused to observe the rule and instead opted to return to home.
Uganda is hosting a two-day business forum that is being attended by delegates from Europe.
#Uganda is hosting the UG-EU Business forum tomorrow. Yesterday, we received 22 passengers from the Category 1 countries who were identified by our health workers at the airport. None of them exhibited signs and symptoms of #COVID19. pic.twitter.com/NAJiEd7Puw— Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng (@JaneRuth_Aceng) March 8, 2020
The forum organisers have posted a security update on their website asking that those planning to attend follow the ministry of health’s guidelines