Uganda remains at a high risk of importation of coronavirus due to travel, trade & social linkages

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Tanzania, Liberia, Benin and Somalia confirmed their first coronavirus cases on Monday.
The new cases mean 30 African nations – more than half the continent – are now treating nearly 400 patients with coronavirus.

The Tanzania health ministry confirmed its first case, a Tanzanian woman who had travelled to Denmark, Sweden and Belgium. She had her temperature taken at the airport, but had no fever and was allowed to pass, but later felt unwell at her hotel, the ministry said

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The DRC, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan and now Tanzania have reported cases of coronavirus. Uganda has not yet registered a single case.
Meanwhile on Monday, the speaker of parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga read a travel advisory from the Ministry of Health that was addressed to all Ministers on postponement of international conferences and meetings in light of COVID19.

‘’With over 105,500 cases reported worldwide, Uganda remains at a high risk of importation of COVID19 from infected countries due to travel, trade and social linkages as Uganda maintains an open border policy,” Kadaga read.

She said the Health Ministry was conducting heightened preparedness activities across the country, with five entry points including Entebbe International Airport, Busia, Kyanika, Elegu and Malaba being activated for enhanced surveillance and screening.

“The Ministry recommends that all international meetings, conferences and summits scheduled to be held in Uganda be temporarily postponed until the situation improves,” said Kadaga.
State Minister of Finance (Planning), Hon. David Bahati said the Ministry of Finance would also present a statement on Thursday, 19 March 2020 detailing the economic effects of COVID19 and how they are being mitigated to save the country’s economy.

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