Kampala—1, July 2020: Covid-19 is now showing its lethal side in Uganda. The virus has now claimed four lives in less than a month.
The fourth death was confirmed by the Ministry of Health on Saturday afternoon. The deceased is a 61-year-old Ugandan female, a resident of Kiyimba, Nakulabye in Kampala.
According to the Ministry of Health’s statement, she had symptoms consistent to Covid-19 which include: cough, fever, chest pain and difficulty in breathing and sought treatment from Mengo Hospital on Wednesday 29th July 2020.
The Ministry adds, on Thursday 30, July 2020, Mengo Hospital refereed to Mulago Hospital where she was admitted and her samples taken off.
She died yesterday, July 31, 2020.
“The samples analysed at Makerere University Laboratories confirmed SARS-COV-2. So far, 12 contacts to the deceased have been listed,” adds the Ministry.
Also, 22 new Covid-19 cases have been confirmed from samples taken on Friday. Of these, six are truck drivers, ten are returnees from abroad, four are contacts to previously confirmed cases and two are alerts.
To date, 1,045 people have recovered from Covid-19 in the country besides 1,176 cumulative confirmed cases of Ugandans to date.
Also, since March, 275, 355 cumulative samples have been tested for the virus, a data from the Ministry of Health shows.