Ugandans to be barred from UK travel over Covid

The UK has added Uganda to the “red list” nations from where travellers will not be allowed entry into its territory effective 30 June.

This is amidst rising coronavirus cases and fast-spreading variants of the virus.

Uganda has until now been on the amber list for travel to the UK. But now only residents and returning nationals will be allowed in from Wednesday.

Uganda is battling its second wave of the pandemic and positive cases and deaths have been rising sharply since late May.

More than 1,200 positive cases were recorded on Tuesday – and more than 75,000 people have been infected since the pandemic began.

A 45-day lockdown was imposed in the country last week. A 19:00 to 05:30 local time curfew is in place, schools remain closed, passenger public and private transport is banned and some businesses are not allowed to operate.

But the country’s international borders, including the main airport, remain open to travellers with a valid negative Covid PCR test – except for those arriving from India.

President Yoweri Museveni declared Friday a public holiday and a day of national prayers for the country to pray for frontline health workers and families who have lost their loved ones to coronavirus.

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