President Yoweri Museveni has asked Ugandans to stop shaking hands as a precaution to avoid contracting the deadly COVID-2019 /Coronavirus that is spreading to various countries across the world.
Museveni issued the warning on Saturday in his message posted on his social media page.
“As the Ministry of health guides us, let us take a personal decision not to shake hands unnecessarily or expose ourselves to conditions that will facilitate the spread of Coronavirus,” Mr Museveni said in a statement.
He said Coronavirus which has become a global threat is approaching Africa, with Nigeria and Egypt registering cases.
“Coronavirus is real, it does not kill as much and fast like Ebola, but spreads at a very terrific rate. It undermines economies because it is disruptive and inconvenient. it does not kill as much and fast like Ebola, but spreads at a very terrific rate. If a country records a case of coronavirus, people will be quarantined, movements limited, businesses, schools, leisure parks closed,” he said.
According to the World Health Organisation figures, more than 2,800 people have died from the virus and 83,000 infections have been confirmed in 54 countries across the world.