U.S. evacuates 40 Americans from Uganda as COVID-19 cases rise to 126

U.S. evacuates 40 Americans from Uganda as COVID-19 cases rise to 126

Kampala, Uganda | URN | Up to 40 American nationals were flown out of Uganda after the government cleared yet another flight for persons held in the country by ongoing COVID-19 lockdowns.

They left Entebbe International Airport aboard Ethiopian Airlines on Tuesday 12th, May 2020 evening. This is the third chartered flight for American nationals ever since the suspension of international passenger flights from Entebbe Airport.

Each passenger on the first flight paid $2,500 (about Shs 9 million) for the air ticket. According to U.S. law, departure assistance to U.S. citizens must be provided on a reimbursable basis.

“The U.S. Embassy has no plans to charter an evacuation flight out of Uganda but if we were to do so, the U.S. Embassy would require passengers to sign a promissory note for the loan and reimburse the U.S. government for the cost of the flight,” the embassy posted on its website.

The U.S Embassy Kampala has announced another evacuation of American citizens in Uganda with interest in returning to the United States, scheduled for Thursday 21st May, 2020, according to a Tweet on their official account.

Uganda suspended passenger flights on March 25 to control the spread of coronavirus disease-COVID-19 as most of the cases initially recorded were of persons flying in from abroad. From that time only emergency and cargo flights are allowed to land in the country.

However, nine evacuation and chartered flights have since been approved for nationals of foreign countries who were stuck in Uganda. So far up to 1,600 people have left Uganda for different countries, among them the United States and Germany.

Rwanda’s High Commission In Uganda last week called on Rwandans nationals who wished to be evacuated out of Uganda to register with the commission.

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According to latest COVID-19 cases, Uganda on 12th, May 2020, reported 4 new confirmed cases from 1,478 samples of truck drivers. This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases to 126 in Uganda.

The new cases include: 2 Ugandans, 1 Kenyan who arrived via Elegu and 1 Tanzanian who arrived via Mutukula border.