Uganda registers 1st Covid-19 death

Namisindwa—23, July 2020: A 34-year-old Ugandan female, a resident of Namisindwa district in Eastern Uganda, has died of coronavirus.

She becomes the county’s first victim to die of the deadly pandemic.

According to the Ministry of Health official, she presented with Covid-19 like signs and symptoms: fever, dry cough, headache and difficulty in breathing.

Her death was confirmed by Director General Health Services, Dr Henry G. Mwebesa, during a press conference on Thursday.

The deceased was initially admitted to Wasungui HC II on Wednesday, 15th July 2020 and treated for severe pneumonia.

However, on Monday, 20 July 2020, she was transferred to Joy Hospice Health facility in Mbale district, from where she was isolated in the female ward.

While in isolation, her condition deteriorated with difficulty in breathing, cough, chills and headache.

On Tuesday, 21 July 2020 at 2:00am she passed on. She was buried on 23rd July 2020 as per Safe Dignified Burial procedures.


The post-mortem samples from the deceased were confirmed positive for SARS-COV-2 by 4 laboratories: UVRI, CPHL, Tororo and Makerere.

In addition, findings of post-mortem showed features of acute pneumonia; findings that are consistent with Covid-19 infection.

Until now, Uganda has registered 1,079 cumulative confirmed cases of Ugandans and a total of 971 recoveries.

Previous Scorecard: Lango’s best and worst MPs in the 10th Parliament 
Next Jinja’s PWDs chairman criticizes Covid-19 presidential directives