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Coronavirus Outbreak: Uganda's President Museveni says avoid handshakes. File Photo

Ugandan President Museveni says avoid handshakes as a precaution to avoid the deadly Coronavirus spread

Following the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus on the African continent, President Museveni has advised Ugandans to avoid handshakes.

“Now 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,” Museveni advised in a statement.

In a letter via his social media Museveni who expressed his concerns towards the new deadly Coronavirus explained that the virus is real and it doesn’t kill as fast as Ebola, however, it spreads at a very terrific.

It is because of this that he appeals to all Ugandans to struggle to prevent the outbreak right from a personal level by applying precautionary measures.

“Fellow Citizens, People in Uganda, today I want to address you on the issue of Coronavirus. 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.”

“I am therefore appealing to every one of you, let us prevent this disease even at a personal level by precautionary behaviour, we fought Aids by behaviour even before we got medicine,” he said.

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Coronavirus Outbreak: Uganda’s President Museveni says avoid handshakes. File Photo

He further called on all particular individuals with symptoms similar to those of Coronavirus victims to self isolate themselves from others and seek early medical attention.

“I implore those who have specific symptoms similar to Coronavirus, even as simple as a running nose, please self-quarantine from the rest and seek medical guidance and confirmation that you are free from infection,” Museveni’s letter added.

Coronavirus update

According to the New York Times, the virus that started in the Wuhan province of China has been confirmed on every continent but Antarctica, with more new cases now being reported outside China than within China.

There is no proven medicine yet to treat the deadly virus however, the New York reported that the drugmaker Gilead Sciences is expanding its clinical trials of the antiviral drug redeliver as a possible coronavirus treatment into several countries, mainly in Asia.

Governments and health workers around the world scrambled to contain the rapidly spreading new coronavirus, as the number of new cases outside China for the first time exceeded those inside the country at the heart of the epidemic.

More than 81,000 people have been infected with the virus that causes the respiratory disease Covid-19, and new cases have been documented in at least 44 countries and on every continent but Antarctica. 

So far, nearly 3,000 people have died, the vast majority of them in a single Chinese province, Hubei.

In Europe, France, Spain and Germany reported increases in cases, likely tied to an outbreak in Italy’s Lombardy region, where more than 400 people have been infected.

Cases were reported for the first time on Thursday in Estonia and Denmark.

In the Middle East, a dangerous cluster in Iran, where more than 140 people had been infected, spread across the region to Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. Saudi Arabia halted visits to the holiest sites in Islam, in the cities of Mecca and Medina.

In Asia, as the authorities in China were slowly lifting citywide lockdowns that had ensnared more than 700 million people, and a major outbreak tied to a megachurch in South Korea ballooned to more than 1,500 cases.

South America recorded its first case, a 61-year-old man in Brazil and one person in California who had not been exposed to anyone known to be infected tested positive for the virus as reported by the New York Times.

By John Dalton Kigozi