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CORONAVIRUS: Health Minister, PS Warn Against Crowded Jogging

Uganda’s Health Minister and the ministry’s Permanent Secretary have warned Ugandans against jogging in crowds.

Doctors Jane Ruth Aceng and Diana Atwine have urged Ugandans not to disregard the social distancing advice as they exercise in order to keep the spread if coronavirus at bay.

Uganda has 48 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

On Saturday, social media were awash with photos and clips of a group of people exercising along the nothern bypass road in the capital Kampala.

“Dear friends & fellow Ugandans,
Thank you so much for staying at home and staying safe.I notice people are taking advantage of the stay at home to do physical exercise,keep fit & fight NCDs. I salute you for that.However,keep a distance of at least 4 meters from your team members,” Minister Aceng tweeted on Sunday.

Her message was reechoed by Dr Atwine who said, “We have taken note of this increased number of people jogging and mixing .While we welcome the practice of keeping people healthy we advise that we must avoid crowds .Social distancing must apply at all times . Security needs to intevene.”

The two have been at the forefront of fighting the disease.

On Saturday, Uganda tested 398 samples and all tested negative.

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