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AFRICA: Uganda postpones high-level G77+China summit over Coronavirus

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Uganda has announced the postponement of the G- 77+China summit amid the continued spread of the deadly Corina virus.

Ambassador Adonia Ayebare, Uganda’s permanent representative to the United Nations, said in a tweet that the decision was reached in consultation with the G77 countries.

“The Third South Summit (G-77) that was to take place April 16-19, 2020 has been postponed to a later date this year,” he wrote.

“Pre-summit preparations will continue,” Ayebare said, noting that 136 member states were to participate in the summit.

The G77 at the United Nations is a coalition of developing countries with an aim to promote its members’ collective political and economic interests in the world body.

The G-77 was established on 15 June 1964 by seventy-seven developing countries signatories of the “Joint Declaration of the Seventy-Seven Developing Countries” issued at the end of the first session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva.

WHO declared the outbreak an international health emergency.

The Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) this week issued travel guidelines to tour operators and those travelling to Uganda, especially from six countries most affected by the virus including China, South Korea, Japan, Italy, and Iran.

UTB Chief Executive Office Lilly Ajarova, in the new guidelines, warned that travel from the Coronavirus hit countries should be reconsidered at this time due to” Uganda’s efforts to curb the virus that is fast spreading since December 2019.

UTB said that travellers from the affected countries will be required to undergo a 14-day isolation process for daily monitoring by the Health Ministry, a guideline set by the government.

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