A total of 131 Ugandan Nationals and legal residents who were stranded in the Republic of India in the various cities of New Delhi, Mumbai, Gujarat, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Pune, Odisa and Kerala have been repatriated.
According to Uganda’s foreign affairs ministry, this flight departed from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport yesterday afternoon and landed at Entebbe International Airport in the evening aboard Air Tanzania.
On Friday, government announced suspension of the return of Ugandans stranded abroad.
A statement released by the ministry of Foreign Affairs said government would not accept any new returnees after July 4, 2020.
According to the ministry, the move is intended to control congestion in quarantine facilities. The ministry of Health gazetted 37 quarantine centers in Kampala and Entebbe that have a total capacity of 2,500 rooms.
It is estimated that around 1,500 returnees will be affected by the decision. Those who will have to reschedule their travel are Ugandans from North America, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, China and Malaysia who were scheduled to arrive next week.
Ambassador Patrick Mugoya, the permanent secretary ministry of Foreign Affairs, says that the return of Ugandans will resume after health officials have attended to those in quarantine centers.
At the start of the return process of Ugandans and residents, the ministry of Health had planned to have a total of 300 Ugandans return every two weeks.
However, in a space of one week, more than close to 1,000 people have returned and filled up the quarantine centers according to Mugoya.
Those that have already returned are from South Africa, Turkey, India, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Italy and the United Arab Emirates.
All returnees will have to undergo mandatory institutional quarantine for two weeks.
Atleast 13 of the returnees have so far tested positive for COVID-19.