Uganda, South Sudan COVID-19 Patient Deportations Test EAC Unity
Uganda and South Sudan governments' decisions to deport a Tanzanian and Kenyan nationals who tested positive for COVID-19 has strained relations among East African Community member countries, putting at risk cross-border movement of goods in the region. The repatriations, which are against World Health Organisation guidelines on how to handle pandemics such as the COVID-19 outbreak, have also put to test EAC common market and free movement protocols.
As of June 1, the confirmed COVID-19 case total from 55 African countries has reached 146,793. Reported deaths in Africa have reached 4,222 and recoveries 61,772.
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