Covid-19 death: 49-year-old becomes Uganda’s seventh victim

National—August 9, 2020: In less than a month, the Ministry of Health has confirmed seven deaths as a result of Covid-19.

The latest casualty is a 49-year-old female, a resident of Wakiso. She was also HIV positive and on treatment. The Ministry of Health official says she had a history of asthma and Tuberculosis.

“On 6 August 2020, she presented at a private health facility in Wakiso with signs and symptoms consistent with Covid-19 which include high fever, difficulty in breathing, chest pain, and abdominal pain. Upon admission, the attending clinicians suspected Covid-19 and informed the Ministry of Health. Samples were taken off and sent to laboratories for analysis. Results from the analysis confirmed SARS-COV2. Unfortunately, she passed away today morning at the private facility,” Dr Henry G. Mwebesa, Director General Health Services says.

He adds that so far 35 contacts have been ‘listed’.

“In the same vein, sixteen new Covid-19 cases were confirmed from samples tested on 8, August 2020. Out of the new confirmed cases, ten are alerts, two are contacts to previously confirmed cases while four are truck drivers.”

Fifteen foreign truck drivers: 12 Kenyans, and three Tanzanians tested positive for Covid-19 at the borders, and their entry into the country was prohibited.

To date, Uganda have confirmed 1,283 cases with 1,115 recoveries since March this year.

On Saturday, 1,284 samples were tested from points of entry (border points), 1,920 samples from contacts and alerts, and a total of 3,204 samples tested.

Since March this year, cumulative samples tested stands at 296,601.

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