The Kasese District COVID-19 task force has issued new directives indicating that all burial ceremonies in the district must take place before mid-day.
The development follows an upsurge of COVID-19 cases in the district. Uganda is currently battling a deadly second wave that has seen double digit deaths, something that did not happen during the first wave.
So far, Kasese district has recorded more than 160 positive COVID-19 cases and 4 deaths since the new wave began.
Joshua Masereka, the Kasese Deputy Resident District Commissioner says last week alone, the district registered 72 cases with five referrals.
Masereka says that to limit the infections, they are trying to limit the time people spend on burials as a measure of enforcing the Standard Operating Procedures-SOPs.
Adding that long burial ceremonies often attract high numbers of people, allow a lot of time for interaction and violation of other procedures like social distancing.
Masereka says that the burial time restriction applies to the funeral of COVID-19 victims and other people.
He says that security will also monitor all burial proceedings to ensure there is compliance with all SOPs. In his last