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Avoid looking directly at the sun during partial solar eclipse - Health Ministry

Published:Saturday | August 19, 2017 | 12:00 AM
In this photo taken Friday fourth graders at Clardy Elementary School in Kansas City, Missouri in the USA practice the proper use of their eclipse glasses in anticipation of Monday's solar eclipse. - AP Photo

The Health Ministry has issued a warning to members of the public to avoid looking directly at the sun during the partial solar eclipse that is expected to take place on Monday.

A partial solar eclipse happens when the moon comes between the sun and the earth, but covers only a part of the sun's disk.

The eclipse is expected to begin sometime after midday and the entire process could last for up to three hours.

However, Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr Winston Winston De La Haye says it is important that members of the public refrain from looking directly at the sun during the eclipse.

According to Dr De La Hay, this could cause permanent damage to the eyes.

However, he says persons can watch the spectacle with special solar filters such as eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer.