Ugandan police arrested six Chinese nationals and two Ugandans at a border crossing, Voice of America reported Tuesday, and charged them with conducting acts likely to spread disease after they allegedly violated a Chinese coronavirus quarantine order.
The eight men allegedly tried to enter the Democratic Republic of Congo. They face a prison sentence of up to seven years if found guilty of the charges.
According to authorities, the six Chinese men left a Kampala hotel on March 19, five days before completing a mandatory quarantine period ordered to prevent the spread of the Chinese coronavirus. The two Ugandans were charged with aiding the Chinese in their escape from self-quarantine.
Dr. Joyce Moriku Kaducu, state minister for primary health care, said the men “violated the principles of self-isolation and they were intercepted at the border, crossing into the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) … [T]hey have been brought back under