General AviationUganda bans flights from India

Uganda bans flights from India

The Aviator Africa Uganda
Uganda has issued a ban to all travellers coming into the country from India. India has recently experienced an exponential rise in COVID-19 new cases shooting to over 200,000 new cases registered this week. Most of the documented cases are attributed to the most infectious variants of the virus.

The new directive were released on Saturday midnight after the Ministry of Health researchers detecting one case of the coronavirus disease, an Indian variant, in Uganda.
Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, Uganda’s minister for health outlined the travel restrictions, “All passenger flights between Uganda and India are suspended until further notice. No travelers from India shall be allowed into Uganda, regardless of the route of travel.”
“All travelers who may have been in India or traveled through India in the last 14 days, regardless of route taken, will not be allowed into Uganda.” She added.
Uganda has so far recorded 399 cases out of the five variants circulating in Uganda. Other variants identified include variants from Nigeria, the United Kingdom and South Africa. Even though the epidemiological distribution and impact of these variants in Uganda is currently unknown, experts continue to study the progression.
Mohan Rao, head of the Indian Association in Uganda said, “He has written to the Ministry of Health seeking permission to carry out a sensitization drive among the Indian community. He has been sending text messages to members of the community and also wants to have community meetings. These are allowed in Uganda, as long as people wear masks and social distance, with a limit of 200 people at a time.”
Back in March, India was one of the countries that donated 100,00 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Uganda as it kicked off distributing vaccination among frontline workers, such as health care professionals and other service providers.
Since March 2020, Uganda has recorded 41,866 COVID cases and 342 deaths.

Mshana Iddi
Iddi Mshana Journalist - With a Bachelor Degree in Tourism, Iddi has a combined appetite of tourism and aviation. His diverse knowledge and experience of more than 6 years adds an exciting depth to his work. Currently, pursing Commercial Pilot Licence with IR & ME at EACAA Soroti Uganda.

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