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Health Ministry Bans Condolence, Visitors’ Books As Covid-19 Cases Surge

The Ministry of Health has advised bereaved families to stop giving condolence books to mourners at funerals to sign in.

This, according to the statement issued on Thursday by Dr Henry Mwebesa, the Director General Health Services at the Ministry of Health, is aimed at curbing further spread of COVID-19.

“The Ministry of Health strongly advises all bereaved families and funeral service companies to stop giving condolence books at homes or other places of mourning for mourners to sign in,” he stated.

Mwebesa said evidence has shown that Corona virus which causes COVID-19 disease lasts on surfaces such as paper for up to 5 days and therefore condolence books and pens are a super spreader of the virus.

“The Ministry would strongly urge the public to stop signing condolence and visitors books during funeral and other events  in order to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 among the communities,” he added.

The Health Ministry has put out this advisory just a day after the country recorded an unprecedented number of new COVID-19 infections.

According to the latest COVID-19 results of tests done on Tuesday December 8 2020, 1,199 new cases were registered, rising the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in Uganda to 25,059.

A total of 219 COVID-19 related fatalities have also been registered in Uganda.

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