UNHCR grapples with COVID-19 in Uganda’s refugee settlements

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The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is working around the clock to ensure continuation of critical life- saving service delivery in various settlements witnessing the COVID-19 outbreak.

In a phone-to-phone interview with Kazi-njema News, Ms Leslie Velez, Senior External Engagement Coordinator at the UNHCR, Uganda, says the total number of refugees infected with COVID-19 had reached 89 including two deaths as of September 2, 2020.

There are also 44 humanitarian workers infected since March when Uganda confirmed the outbreak.

However, Ms Velez urges both refugees and host communities to remain calm and follow the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health to combat the pandemic.

In response to the pandemic, government on August 26, 2020, re-imposed a lock-down only on Kyangwali Refugee Settlement in Kikuube District following the death of a refugee youth and infection of another 23 persons.

Settlements with COVID-19 cases include; Kyangwali, Kiryandongo, Adjumani, Parlorinya, Bidibidi, Palabek, Nakivale, Oruchinga and Kampala.

Audio: Velez on COVID-19 (English)
Afghanistan, Kabul, 5 April 2020 Kabul International Airport. Staff and Passengers of UNHAS prepare for a flight and check in applying and following measures introduced to quell the spread of the Coronavirus. All staff and passengers’ body temperature is taken upon entering of the UNHAS terminal, they wash hands /disinfect before entering the check in building and prior to boarding the plane and wear masks. Inside all aircrafts, social distancing of passengers is guaranteed by keeping one of two double-seats empty. Photo: WFP/Jorge Diaz

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