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Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 12:14
Ministers responsible for health and east African community affairs had a meeting and agreed on covid-19 preparedness and response plan for the region.
 
During their meeting they shared existing knowledge and information on the corona virus outbreak, map out containment strategies to stem out any further spread of the disease in the region and develop a clear plan to mitigate against impacts caused by COVID -19 pandemic in the region.
 
The Ministers noted by March 24th 2020, the region had reported a total of 91 confirmed cases Uganda: 14; Kenya: 25; Rwanda: 40; and Tanzania: 12 in four pot of six partner States.
 
There were no confirmed cases from the Republic of South Sudan and the Republic of Burundi.
 
The Ministers commended the EAC Partner States, WHO and Africa CDC for the efforts being made to address COVID-19 and the steps taken to contain the disease and prevent further spread in the EAC region.
 
The Ministers Responsible directed all Partner States to continue implementing mandatory quarantine for 14 days for all travellers to the region, and avoid imported cases by implementing strict screening procedures at all border points.
 
They also resolved to facilitate free movements of goods and services in the region; and ensure that trucks or vehicles carrying goods only 2 - 3 crew members per vehicle to facilitate smooth border crossing in the region.
 
Meanwhile in the event where crew are quarantined while on transit, truck owners make necessary arrangements to backup crew to ensure that good are delivered to the intended destination;
 
They also decided that crew for cargo planes and vessels will be determined by the specifications of the aircraft or ship and set international guidelines. The crew will be quarantined at a government designated hotel for the period of their stay.
 
The ministers resolved to strengthen information sharing through press conferences and linkage of national task forces to facilitate quick response, continuous reporting and contact tracing for potential COVID- 19 exposed persons.
 

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