KIU, Main Campus - The government of Uganda through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced the resumption of repatriation of Ugandans stranded abroad due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which had been halted for two weeks after quarantine centres were filled up.
According to a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the exercise, which had been halted to ensure proper quarantining of returnees who had been earlier repatriated, is set to resume on July 18.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uganda wishes to inform the general public that the repatriation exercise of Ugandans stranded abroad due to COVID-19 pandemic is set to resume,” the statement reads.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed that they will be starting with Ugandans stranded in Washington-DC and Doha before moving to those in Ottawa, Canada on July 19.
“Additional repatriation flights will be communicated in the due course,” the ministry added.
Dr. Richard Mugahi, the head of the COVID-19 Quarantine Response at the health ministry, says Uganda has repatriated a total of 1,295 citizens from various countries, since the exercise began on June 23.
According to the New Vision, a total of 22 people who returned tested positive for COVID-19, including 20 Ugandans from Afghanistan and two from South Africa.
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