KAMPALA – Uganda has suspended receiving of new refugees to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. According to Mr Hillary Onek, Minister for Refugees and Disaster Preparedness, all reception centres have closed for a month.
“With immediate effect, no new asylum seeker arrivals will be received into the country for a period of 30 days,” he said.
In a press statement issued Friday, 19th March, 2019, Oneke said all refugees at reception centres are to tested of coronavirus.
He said UNHCR is to provide the test kits and also sanitizers in all refugee camps.
Onek called on all security agencies to ensure that his directive is effected.
Since 2016, the number of refugees hosted in Uganda has significantly increased. To date, about 1.4 million refugees reside in 13 settlements across 12 districts.
The announcement comes after President Yoweri Museveni closed schools and universities to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
Uganda is yet to register an case out about 200,000 registered world wide. Close to 5000 people have died of the disease.
Mean while Makerere University has closed halls of residence and directed students to leave except international students.


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