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Uganda Registers 6th COVID-19 Death; 32 Cases Confirmed

The Ministry of Health has this Friday confirmed yet another COVID-19 death, bringing to six the total number of people killed by the novel virus in the country since the outbreak of the pandemic earlier this year.

The deceased, is a 70-year-old Ugandan male, a resident of Nateete, Kampala.

“On 24th July 2020, he presented at Lubaga Hospital with signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19 which include: mild fever, cough and difficulty in breathing,” the Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

“Further investigations revealed that he was diabetic; a risk factor for COVID-19.”

Upon deterioration, he was admitted at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the same hospital and COVID-19 samples were taken off from him and sent to laboratories for analysis. Samples were confirmed for SARS-COV-2.

 The Ministry said the victim was later referred to Mulago National Referral Hospital on 28 July 2020 and admitted at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

“Unfortunately, he passed away yesterday evening on 06 August, 2020. May his soul rest in eternal peace,” said the Ministry.

 In the same vein, thirty-one (31) new COVID-19 cases were confirmed from samples tested on 06 August, 2020.

Out of the new confirmed cases;- nineteen (19) are alerts, eight (8) are contacts to previously confirmed cases while four (4) are truck drivers.

Regarding the alerts:-  four (4) are from Kampala Metropolitan Area, four (4) from Wakiso, one (1) from Sironko, one (1) from Bushenyi, two (2) from Kisoro, four (4) from Amuru, three (3) from Adjumani.

 Five (5) contacts to previously confirmed cases are from Kampala Metropolitan Area, one (1) from Kabale, one (1) from Wakiso and one (1) from Namisindwa.

 Of the four (4) truck drivers, two (2) arrived from Kenya via Malaba Point of Entry while two (2) arrived from South Sudan via Elegu Point of Entry.

 Twenty-five (25) foreign truck drivers (18 Kenyans, 4 Tanzanians, 2 Congolese and 1 Rwandan) tested positive for COVID-19 at the border points of entry and their entry into the country was not permitted.

 

A summary of the results from the laboratory is shown below.

Number of new confirmed cases today

31

Number of Ugandan truck drivers confirmed today

4

Number of alerts confirmed today

19

Number of contacts confirmed today

8

Number of returnees confirmed today

0

Cumulative confirmed cases of Ugandans to-date

1,254

COVID-19 deaths today

1

COVID-19 deaths registered to-date

6

Cumulative Ugandan recoveries to-date

1,113

Number of foreign truck drivers who tested positive for COVID-19 and were requested to return to their country of origin

25

Samples from Points of Entry tested today

1,328

Samples from Alerts and Contacts tested today

1,006

Total number of samples tested today

2,334

Cumulative COVID-19 samples tested to-date

290,701

 

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