In England, those who breach Coronavirus quarantine are charged 1000 Pounds (4.6 million Shillings) or prosecution with an unlimited fine, while removal from the country is a last resort for foreigners, while persons are fined 100 Pounds or 464,000 Shillings for not filling in the contact locator form, which would indicate the details of how one can be traced. The UK Government pays surprise visits to the people to ensure that they are quarantining.
Uganda who may be allowed to
return into the country from overseas might face harsh penalties if they in any
way violate the conditions of their return. Up to 2, 400 Ugandans are stranded
abroad as a result of lockdowns occasioned by an outbreak of coronavirus disease.
The Cabinet last week resolved to
allow those who can afford the cost of their air tickets to return. Each of
them will be expected to present a COVID-19 certificate indicating that they
have been tested before boarding a plane to Uganda and will be quarantined for
14-days from the day they land at the airport.
According to a source from the government,
the Ministry of Health is working on penalties for those who might try to beat
the system. “It could be a hefty fine, or jail term,” the Source, a government minister told
The Minister says that the government
is studying penalties applied in the United States of
America and the United Kingdom to stop a new wave of the virus.
In England, those who breach
Coronavirus Quarantine guidelines are charged 1000 Pounds (4.6 million Shillings) or
prosecuted with an unlimited fine, while removal from the country is a last
resort for foreigners. They are also fined 100 Pounds or 464,000 Shillings
for not filling in the contact locator form, which would indicate the details
of how one can be traced.
In the USA, any person who
violates any regulation of quarantine, or who enters or departs from the precincts of any quarantine station, ground, or anchorage in disregard of quarantine guidelines is punished with a fine of not more than USD 1,000 or by imprisonment for not
more than one year, or both.
The government minister says that
the President allowed Ugandans to come in but held reservations that
most of the Uganda COVID-19 cases are imported, and having the over 2400
people coming sounded like a disaster.
“You saw how the first case of
people who arrived in the country were quarantined, they left the quarantine
centre after paying a bribe of only 50,000 Shillings, while others freely mixed with the population in that area,” he added.
He said that although many Ugandans are worried about the rising number of truck drivers, the 2400 returnees should be even more worrying because many are coming from countries that have been the epicentre of the virus.
An official from the Ministry of
Health confirmed that the government is coming up with new
quarantine guidelines for those who are returning to the country from overseas. URN could not confirm when the process could be completed, and the details of the fine and penalty.
But the Minister of Health Jane Ruth
Aceng told Journalists that they would be very strict on Ugandans
returning from abroad. She says the Ugandans will be brought home in phases
and in an orderly manner and would meet the cost of flight and quarantine.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Henry Okello Oryem said that the government is working on a detailed plan for the evacuation and quarantine of Ugandans
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Judith Nabakooba, the Minister of
ICT and National Guidance recently said that the Government is making an
arrangement with the United Nation’s World Food Program (WFP) to fly the
stranded Ugandans, adding that they will have to undergo a 14-day mandatory
institutional quarantine. The government had also earlier indicated that they will
use the option of available flights like the Ethiopian Airways to bring
stranded Ugandans home.