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TRAVEL ADVISORY: US gov’t cautions Americans against travelling to Uganda over COVID-19

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This photo taken on November 11, 2020 shows a man walking past a model of the COVID-19 coronavirus at the second World Health Expo in Wuhan, in China’s central Hubei province, where the coronavirus was first detected in December 2019. (PHOTO /STR / AFP)

The United States government has warned its citizens against travelling to Uganda to avoid the risk of contracting the coronavirus.

In its updated list, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Thursday cautioned against travel to Uganda—putting the country in Level 3 alert, meaning there is very high level of coronavirus infections.

The CDC says travel to the Uganda could expose US citizens to the risk of getting infected by the deadly virus that has been blamed for hundreds of thousands of deaths worldwide.

It said such trips should be avoided at all costs and that, in case one must travel, then they must adhere to the health protocols on Covid-19.

“The Department of State maintains a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Uganda recommending that travelers reconsider travel to Uganda due to COVID-19. The number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Uganda,” the CDC said in a statement on its website.

It advised that travelers at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should consider postponing all travel, including essential travel, to Uganda, saying that Medical care resources in Uganda are limited.

The consular section at U.S. Embassy Kampala was on June 14 forced to suspend all routine appointments.

The Embassy advised that all U.S. Citizens in need of assistance use online services

Those travelling back to the US will also be tested one to three days earlier and will be required to follow and adhere to the Covid-19 regulations.

“During travel, wear a mask, stay at least six feet from people who are not travel-ling with you, wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer, and watch your health for signs of illness,” CDC said.

Uganda in the past 48 hours registered 34 deaths, the second highest ever recorded in a day, bringing the total number to 542.

The country also recorded 1584 new cases out of the 10816 tests conducted.

Ministry of Health data indicated that by June 15 the country had recorded a total of 67, 215 Covid-19 cases and 48,823 recoveries.

Some 950 patients are admitted in hospitals across the country. The positivity rate stands at 14.6per cent.

The President re-imposed a strict lockdown that included the closure of schools and the suspension of inter-district travel to help beat back a surge in COVID-19 cases.

The measures, which will be effective almost two weeks ago, included the closure of all educational institutions, some bans on travel, the shutdown of weekly open markets, and the suspension of church services.

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