Over 2,500 Ugandans stranded abroad due to COVID-19 return home

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KAMPALA, July 28 (Xinhua) — Over 2,500 Ugandans who were stranded abroad over the COVID-19 pandemic have been repatriated home during the last one month, a ministry of health official said Tuesday.

Emmanuel Ainebyoona, ministry of health spokesperson said in a statement that 2,591 citizens have come back home from Europe, United States, South America, Afghanistan and some other countries since June 23.

Government in March closed the country’s borders including Entebbe International Airport to incoming and outgoing passengers in a bid to prevent the importation of the coronavirus.

In late May, government approved the repatriation of nationals who were trapped in 66 countries at their own cost.

Ainebyoona said out of the 2,591 returnees, 32 tested positive for COVID-19. Some 1,376 returnees are still under institutional quarantine.

Uganda has registered 1,135 cumulative cases of COVID-19, with 989 recoveries and two deaths since the index case was reported on March 21, according to the ministry of health. Enditem

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