46-year-old Indian woman dies of Covid-19 in Uganda as fatalities reach 5


Kampala—3, August 2020: Uganda on Monday confirmed one new Covid-19 death bringing the total deaths to five. The Ministry of Health also confirmed thirteen new cases from samples tested on Sunday, 2 August 2020.

“The Ministry of Health would like to inform the public that Uganda has registered one Covid-19 death today. This brings the total Covid-19 deaths to five,” reads part of the statement.

The deceased is a 46-year-old female of Indian origin and a resident of Kibuli in Kampala. On 1, August 2020, she presented at Kibuli Muslim Hospital with signs and symptoms consistent with Covid-19 which include: mild fever, cough and difficulty in breathing.

Upon suspecting Covid-19, the Ministry of Health says the Kibuli Muslim Hospital team refereed her to Mulago National Referral Hospital for further management on the same day. Unfortunately, she passed away on her way to Mulago Hospital.

Further investigations revealed that she was diabetic and off medication and had a history of asthma for 10 years. The Ministry says both diabetes and asthma are risk factors for Covid-19.

Over the weekend, there were reports shared via social media platforms that another person had died of Covid-19 in Kiruhura district. However, the Ministry of Health has cleared the air, saying samples from the deceased tested negative for Covid-19.

Of the 13 new cases, four are truck drivers, five are contacts to previously confirmed cases, and two are returnees, while two are alerts from Buikwe and Kampala Metropolitan area (who succumbed to the virus).

As of Sunday, Uganda had a cumulative confirmed case of 1,176 and 1,045 recoveries. 1,069 samples from contacts and alerts were tested on Sunday.

2,550 total samples were tested on Sunday, and to date, 275, 355 cumulative samples have been tested since March this year.

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