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Wakiso Woman, 49, Dies of Coronavirus; 5 New Cases Confirmed in Kampala

Uganda has this Sunday registered one COVID-19 death and confirmed 16 new cases of the novel virus.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 deaths to seven since the outbreak of the pandemic in March 2020.

“The deceased, is a 49-year-old Ugandan female, a resident of Wakiso who was an HIV positive patient and on treatment,” said the Health Ministry in a statement sent to ChimpReports.

“She also had a history of asthma and Tuberculosis (TB).These are risk factors for COVID-19.”

The death comes at a time the public is being encouraged to maintain social distancing and frequently wash hands to prevent the spread of the novel virus.

Compliance to health guidelines remains low especially in overpopulated urban areas in Kampala and Wakiso.

In addition, five of the 16 new cases confirmed today are in Kampala, the country’s capital city.

The development is a major concern considering the country is preparing for the 2021 general elections.

The Health Ministry said on 06 August, 2020, the deceased presented at a private health facility in Wakiso with signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

These include high fever, difficulty in breathing, chest pain, abdominal pain.

“Upon admission, the attending clinicians suspected COVID-19 and informed Ministry of Health. Samples were taken off and sent to laboratories for analysis,” said the Director General Health Services, Dr Mwebesa.

”Results from the analysis confirmed SARS-COV-2.Unfortunately, she passed away today morning at the private facility. May her soul rest in eternal peace,” said Mwebesa.

The contact tracing and listing process has begun and so far, 35 contacts have been listed.

In the same vein, sixteen new COVID-19 cases were confirmed from samples tested on 0August, 2020.

Out of the new confirmed cases; ten are alerts, two are contacts to previously confirmed cases while four are truck drivers.

Regarding the alerts:- five are from Kampala Metropolitan Area, one is from Bugiri, one is from Bukwo, one is from Nakaseke while two are from Wakiso of whichone mentioned above, succumbed to the disease.

Two contacts to previously confirmed cases are from Wakiso District.

All the four truck drivers arrived from Kenya; three via Malaba and one via Busia Points of Entry.

Fifteen foreign truck drivers (12 Kenyans and 3Tanzanians) 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

16

Number of Ugandan truck drivers confirmed today

4

Number of alerts confirmed today

10

Number of contacts confirmed today

2

Number of returnees confirmed today

0

Cumulative confirmed cases of Ugandans to-date

1,283

COVID-19 deaths today

1

COVID-19 deaths registered to-date

7

Cumulative Ugandan recoveries to-date

1,115

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

15

Samples from Points of Entry tested today

1,284

Samples from Alerts and Contacts tested today

1,920

Total number of samples tested today

3,204

Cumulative COVID-19 samples tested to-date

296,601

The Ministry of Health appeals to the general public to call the toll free line on 0800-100-066 or 0800-203-033 to report any suspected person with signs and symptoms similar to COVID-19.

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