Uganda has told 22 foreigners who refused to self-quarantine on arrival for a business forum to return to their home countries.
Uganda's Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng said the 22 travellers arrived from "category one" countries deemed high-risk in the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
The ministry has categorised Italy, Iran, South Korea, France, China, Germany and Spain as countries whose citizens have to undergo self-quarantine for 14 days even if they do not have coronavirus symptoms.
The 22 travellers who arrived at the Entebbe International Airport were informed of the self-quarantine requirement.
They refused to observe the rule and instead opted to return to their home countries.
Uganda is hosting a two-day business forum that is attended by delegates from Europe.
The forum organisers have posted a security update on their website asking those planning to attend to follow the ministry of health's guidelines due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Dr Aceng tweeted a video of her briefing:
We informed them about our procedure of self quarantine for 14 days. However, they were not willing to undergo this self quarantine. Today, they will return to their home countries.— Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng Ocero (@JaneRuth_Aceng) March 8, 2020
I want to reiterate that Uganda has NO confirmed or suspected case of #COVID19.