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Kasese Covid-19 taskforce limits all burials to midday

Covid-19 taskforce facilitates burial of a Covid-19 victim. File Photo

Kasese, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Kasese district Covid-19 task force has directed that all burial ceremonies in the district take place before mid-day.

This follows an upsurge of Covid-19 cases in the district as the country battles the second wave of the pandemic.

Kasese district has recorded more than 160 positive Covid-19 cases and 4 deaths since the new wave began.

Last week alone, the district registered 72 cases with five referrals. Joshua Masereka, the Kasese Deputy Resident District Commissioner says 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.

He says 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.

Gregory Kombi, the Bwera sub county chairperson LC III has welcomed the directive noting that people have deliberately failed to comply with the burial guidelines issued by the president.

Jackeline Masika, a resident of Kasese questioned the relevancy of the directive by the task force if the numbers of mourners have already been restricted to 20 people.

He says close relatives from far distant places are already barred from travelling to send off their loved ones.

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