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‘Do Not Shake Hands To Avoid Corona Virus’-Ministry Of Health Warns

By Keefa Nuwahereza

The ministry of health has cautioned Ugandans to stop shaking hands and getting into physical contact with others as a way of avoiding contraction of the deadly COVID-19 Coronavirus.

The ministry issued the warning in a statement released through the Uganda Media Centre on Friday morning, in which officials reaffirmed that although no cases of Coronavirus have been registered in Uganda yet, there is need to be cautious and do everything possible to avoid contracting the virus.

Sections of the media have been awash with a number of posts alleging that Coronavirus  is in Uganda and a number of cases of the 2019 novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been registered in various parts of the country.

Statement from the Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health would like to inform the general public that these are false rumours that are being spread with malicious intentions.

In the same vein, the Ministry of Health would like to reiterate as follows;

To date, Uganda has no suspected confirmed case of COVID-19

The Social Media posts being circulated are false and baseless.

No Ugandan students from Wuhan city, China have returned since the lockdown was enforced.

The Ministry of Health remains of high alert to identify any person who may develop signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

Travellers from affected countries are provided with information on COVID-19,  on where to report and seek care should they develop symptoms and put on self-isolation and followed up by our surveillance teams daily for 14 days.

The population is advised to STOP shaking hands and regularly wash hands with soap and water.

The Ministry of Health appeals to the general public to remain calm and vigilant and always verify information from the Ministry of Health. Please desist from spreading rumours and misinformation.   

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