At least 22 foreign Nationals who had jetted into Uganda to attend the Uganda –Europe Business forum will be returning to their Countries amidst fears of the Coronavirus outbreak.

According to the Minister of Health Jane Ruth Aceng, Yesterday, the Ministry of Health received 22 passengers from the Category 1 countries who were identified by health workers at the airport. None of them exhibited signs and symptoms of COVID19 but when they were informed about Uganda’s procedure of self-quarantine for 14 days, they were not willing to undergo this self-quarantine.

Uganda has no confirmed or suspected case of COVID19 but they remain cautious over the Virus since the Country just survived Ebola.

Uganda’s move came just hours after a German tourist died Sunday of the novel coronavirus in a Sinai resort of eastern Egypt, the first death from the epidemic recorded in Africa.

“The 60-year-old German citizen showed symptoms of a fever (and) checked into Hurghada hospital on 6 March,” before testing positive for COVID-19, Egypt’s health ministry said in a statement.

The tourist, who arrived from Germany a week ago, died after having refused to be transferred to an isolation ward until 7 March once his breathing had been affected by “acute pneumonia”.

Uganda is currently hosting the Uganda –Europe Business forum starting tomorrow (March 9) to March 10 at Speke Resort Munyonyo. The forum forms part of a joint initiative to facilitate collaboration between private and public actors and partnership between Ugandan and European companies, in the framework of the Sustainable Business for Uganda Platform.

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