Mozambique health ministry gives glove warning

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By BBC Africa

Mozambique's director of public health has warned that the use of gloves to prevent the spread of coronavirus creates a false sense of security which can lead to more infection.

Speaking in Maputo on Monday, the national director of public health, Rosa Marlene, said: "These gloves don’t reduce the risk of infection when users touch contaminated objects and then touch the mouth and/or eyes.

"The use of gloves can create a false sense of security, which can lead to negligence of other hygiene measures such as hand-washing."

Dr Marlene reiterated that hand washing and social distancing are good ways of preventing coronavirus.

Cases of coronavirus in Mozambique have gone up to 28 - 20 of whom caught the virus locally.


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