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COVID-19: 2 New Deaths as Uganda Fails Social Distancing Test

The Ministry of Health has on Monday confirmed two news COVID-19 deaths in Uganda, bringing the total number of fatalities in the country to 9.

“The Ministry of Health would like to inform the public that Uganda has registered 2 COVID-19 deaths today (Monday). This brings the total number of deaths to nine (9),” said the Director General Health Services, Dr Henry Mwebesa.

The two fatalities are; a 27-year old male from Kyangwali refugee settlement in Hoima district who passed away at Hoima Regional Referral Hospital and a 46-year-old male, resident of Kampala who died at Nsambya hospital.

Mwebesa said they both had signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

“Results from laboratories confirmed SARS-COV-2,” said Mwebesa.

The development comes high on the heels of repeated calls to observe social distancing, wash hands and wear masks in public places.

Compliance to the health guidelines remains low.

In some areas across the country, politicians are actively holding processions ahead of the 2021 elections, putting lives of thousands of people at risk.

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In Kampala, many bars remain open to revelers, undermining efforts to combat the novel virus.

New cases

In the same vein, 14 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed from samples tested for the disease on Sunday.

They include 9 contacts to previously confirmed cases from Kampala Metropolitan Area, 3 alerts and 2 truck drivers.

Regarding 3 alerts, one is from Kampala Metropolitan Area, 1 from Ntungamo district and 1 from Hoima who succumbed to the disease.

Out of the 2 COVID-19 positive truck drivers, 1 arrived from Kenya via Malaba border point and another one arrived from DRC via Goli point of entry.

5 foreign truck drivers (3 Kenyans and 2 Congolese) tested positive for COVID-19 and were denied entry into Uganda as per the presidential directive that only COVID-19 negative foreign truck drivers be allowed entry into the country.

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