Rwanda follows UAE, suspends Uganda flights over alarming Covid-19 cases

Rwanda has ordered ban on Uganda flights over coronavirus (PHOTO/File).

KAMPALA/KIGALI – RwandAir has also with immediate effect suspended flights to and from Uganda in a move to mitigate escalating coronavirus.

According to the New Times, the suspension follows a surge in Covid-19 cases in Uganda.

“Due to a surge in Covid-19 cases in Uganda, RwandAir announces the suspension of its flights to Entebbe effective 10 June 2021, until further notice,” Rwanda’s national carrier said in a statement.

Uganda has seen an upsurge in new confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in recent days, forcing the President on Sunday to order a partial lockdown for 42 days.

Rwanda follows United Arab Emirates (UAE) that announced the ban on Uganda flights from June 11.

According to the order issued recently, the ban applies to transit passengers, in addition to passengers who have travelled through Uganda, Zambia and DRC in the last 14 days prior to their arrival in the United Arab Emirates.

On Thursday, the ministry of health confirmed 1,438 cases of covid19 from tests carried out on June 8th 2021.

Uganda now has a total of 56,949 cases of covid19 with 402 related deaths.

The country has registered over 47,000 recoveries while currently, a total of 784 people are on admission.

757,664 people have so far been vaccinated against covid-19.