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Coronavirus: Gov’t Says Ugandans in China Should Stay There

The Government has asked Ugandans who are in China to stay there to prevent any possible transmission of Coronavirus.

A number of Ugandan citizens, mostly students are stuck in China and yearning to get out since the outbreak of Coronavirus.

Over 304 people in China are reported to have died from the virus, which has infected more than 14,500 worldwide – mostly in China.

Many countries been airlifting their citizens from Wuhan, a city in China where the coronavirus was first detected.

Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda on Saturday, February 1, 2020, met with Ministry of Health representatives and other stakeholders to discuss Uganda’s preparedness in dealing with the emergency.

Rugunda told the press after the meeting that there were no plans to evacuate Ugandans from China. He said the government is working closely with China to ensure that Ugandans living in affected areas are safe.

The Prime Minister noted that the situation is being monitored on a daily basis, and so far the going is okay.

“We have restricted movement of people from city to city and we think that for the time being the best arrangement for our students is to benefit from the preventative and surveillance measures that have been put in place by Uganda and the Chinese government.”

He said the country is prepared and on alert should the epidemic happen in Uganda. “The situation is in control. There should not be any panic.”

Rugunda added that screening at various entry points has been tightened.