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MOH Issues New Guidelines for Mass Gatherings

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The Ministry of Health has listed seven items that must be in place for any mass gathering to be allowed to take place, in the wake of the increasing threat of COVID-19 Coronavirus.

The Ministry says all venues should have first aid kits, toilets or latrines with 1 stance for every 20 participants, hand washing facilities, waste management facilities, adequate ventilation with proper air circulation, health desk with Health workers to monitor the health safety standards and that all venues should have access to evacuation facilities for sick participants like ambulances.

The new guidelines were released this morning.

The Ministry says the guidelines apply to all sporting events, prayer congregations, social and cultural events such as burials and weddings in addition to political events like rallies and national events which Ministry of Health personnel or local authorities must approve before happening.

These come after Uganda was recorded among the countries at high risk of infection of Coronavirus (COVID -19), an acute respiratory disease that started in China late December.

By the end of yesterday, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there were 109, 577 confirmed cases of the disease globally with some 3,809 deaths.

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