The Ministry of health has discouraged use of condolence books at homes or other places of mourning for mourners to sign in.
Bereaved families and funeral service companies have been directed to STOP the act as this could fuel the spread of COVID19.
According to Dr. Henry Mwebesa the Director General Health Services, evidence has shown that the Corona virus lasts on surfaces such as paper for up to 5 days and therefore, the condolence books and pens are a super spreader of the virus.
“The ministry strongly urges the public to stop signing condolence and visitors books during funerals and other events in order to prevent the potential spread of COVID19 among communities” Dr. Mwebesa says.
Currently, Uganda has 27,532 confirmed COVID19 cases, 221 deaths and only 9,826 recoveries. The country is also a red flag and citizens from other countries have been advised to not to fly here, as the virus is spreading very fast among communities.
Kampala and Wakiso have the highest number of confirmed cases. Of the 461 cases confirmed on Saturday 12th December 2020, 281 were from Kampala and 67 from Wakiso. 31 were from Kasese, while 16 were from Mbarara.