The deadly virus said to have originated from the Chinese city of Wuhan has so far killed 213 people in China. Nearly 2,000 new cases were recorded in China in the past 24 hours, raising the worldwide total to nearly 9,800, according to Chinese and World Health Organization data. The vast majority of the cases are inside China, while 98 cases have been confirmed in 18 other countries.
Passengers traveling in and out
of Uganda through Entebbe International Airport are ignorant about novel coronavirus,
a new strain of zoonotic diseases that had not been previously identified in
The deadly virus, said to have
originated from the Chinese city of Wuhan has so far killed 213 people in China. Nearly 2,000 new cases were
recorded in china in the past 24 hours, raising the worldwide total to nearly
9,800, according to Chinese and World Health Organization data. The vast
majority of the cases are inside China, while 98 cases have been confirmed in
18 other countries.
The countries where other cases were reported include, Tibet,
Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Australia, Malaysia, Macau,
France, United States, South Korea, Germany, the United Arab Emirates, Canada,
Vietnam, Italy, India, the Philippines, Nepal, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Finland,
a number of which are often visited by Ugandans and are also a source of
traffic to Uganda.
The Ugandan Government has now advised
travelers to avoid crowds, shaking hands and maintain good hygienic standards,
to avoid the spread of the virus. A
screening centre has been set up at Entebbe International airport with rapid response
teams on standby to refer all suspected cases to the Uganda Virus Research
Institute and Entebbe Regional Referral Hospital.
According to James Eyul, the
officer in charge of health and safety at Entebbe International Airport, medical
staff at the airport are undergoing trainings to easily identify and handle
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But several travellers that Uganda
Radio Network talked to were unaware of the disease and the dangers it poses to
Humans. Amos Kasasa, a Ugandan found travelling to Guangzhou, a city in China indicated he doesn't know of any
outbreak that has far-reaching implications to Ugandans.
"My main issue is
whether i can go to China for business. For as long as that is possible, i have
nothing to worry about," Kasasa says.
Evelyn Natukunda, another
traveler says the spread of such virus cannot be a deterrence for travel. Natukunda
says that for as long as she is not in contact with an infected person, there
is no reason she would fear or be cautious.
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Moses Muwanga, the Medical
Superintendent at Entebbe Regional Referral Hospital says a team of seven
health officers have also been dispatched to immediately handle any case that
may arise within this period.
The World Health Organization on
Thursday declared the outbreak a global emergency after cases were discovered
in more than a dozen countries.