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TRAVEL ADVISORY: Saudi Arabia warns citizens against travel to Uganda

Uganda has intensified Corona-virus screening at Entebbe International Airport to prevent the disease from spreading from international travellers (PHOTO /File)

Saudi citizens have been warned against travelling to Uganda amid a rise in the number of cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the east African nation.

The Saudi Embassy in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, said the health crisis in the country had worsened and advised people from the Kingdom not to visit for the time being.

Saudi Arabia joins the United Arab Emirates and Rwanda that have already restricted travel to Uganda over a surge in the cases of COVID-19.

Coronavirus cases in Uganda have spiked amid the country’s worst outbreak since the start of the pandemic.

Since last week, positive cases have increased by over 400% — reaching all-time highs, according to Ministry of Health.

Last year, Uganda imposed one of Africa’s earliest and strictest lockdowns, successfully containing the first wave of the virus.

President Yoweri Museveni early this week reimposed restrictions on schools, travel, and gatherings for the next six weeks.

Experts believe that Uganda’s reported cases and deaths are undercounted because of the country’s low testing capacity.

Several people can confirm that they know of at least a friend that’s ailing with Covid-19.

Others claim they have at least lost a relative or a friend to COVID-19.

Results of COVID-19 tests done on 12 June 2021 confirm 1735 new cases — bringing the nationwide count to 60,250, the Ministry of Health announced Saturday.

The figure becomes Uganda’s highest number of Covid-19 cases in a single day since the pandemic began —with Kampala alone registereing 1,117 cases.

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