Sister Irene Onyai, a member of the Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC) Social Communications Commission and radio Sapentia’s Board representing Gulu Ecclesiastical Province has died of COVID-19.
She had been admitted a few days ago at Rubaga hospital with breathing problems but tested negative for COVID-19.
Two days ago, she tested positive and was transferred to Mulago hospital where she eventually died.
The Ministry of Health on Friday confirmed 65 new COVID-19 cases in Uganda bringing the cumulative total number of infections in the country to 3,353.
The cases were confirmed from samples tested for COVID-19 on Thursday.
Of the 65 new cases, 60 were contacts and alerts and they include 44 from Kampala, 6 from Gulu, 2 from Buikwe, 2 from Mukono while the districts of Busia, Luweero, Nakapiripiriti, Nwoya and Wakiso registered 1 case each.
The new cases also included 2 health workers from Nwoya and Wakiso and 3 Ugandan truck drivers who arrived into Uganda via Busia, Mpondwe and Vuura points of entry.
Meanwhile, 5 Kenyan truck drivers 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.
The health Ministry also announced 2 new COVID-19 deaths bringing the cumulative total number of fatalities to 35.
“2 new COVID-19 deaths registered today. Both are Ugandan females aged 57 and 69 years old and residents of Kampala. This brings the total COVID-19 deaths to 35,” the Health Ministry announced.
A total of 4,540 COVID-19 samples were tested on Thursday and these include 3,809 from contacts and alerts and 731 from points of entry.
Since Uganda began testing COVID-19, a total of 395,875 samples have been tested.
Currently, Uganda has a cumulative total of 3,353 COVID-19 confirmed cases, 1,564 recoveries and 35 fatalities.