Covid-19 in Uganda: Death toll reaches six

Kampala—7, August 2020: The novel coronavirus (Covid-19) has killed six people in Uganda, the country’s Ministry of Health says.

The virus has so far seen 1,254 people testing positive since March and it’s getting lethal in Kampala and its surrounding.

The sixth person to succumb to the virus is a 70-year-old Ugandan male, a resident of Nateete, Kampala. On 24, July 2020, he presented at Lubaga Hospital with signs and symptoms consistent with Covid-19 which include: mild fever, cough and difficulty in breathing, says the Ministry in its press release on Friday afternoon.

Further investigations revealed that he was diabetic; a risk factor for Covid-19. Upon deterioration, he was admitted at Intensive Care Unit at the same hospital and Covid-19 samples were taken from him and sent to laboratories for analysis. Samples were confirmed for SARS-COV-2.

The Ministry further says he was later refereed to Mulago National Referral Hospital on 28, July 2020 and was admitted at the ICU. Unfortunately, he passed away on Thursday evening.

Also, 31 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed from samples tested on 6, August 2020. Out of the new cases, 19 are alerts, 8 are contacts to previously confirmed cases, while four are truck drivers.

Regarding the alerts, four are from Kampala Metropolitan Area, four are from Wakiso, and one from Sironko, one from Bushenyi, two from Kisoro, four from Amuru and three from Adjumani.

A total of 2,334 samples were tested on Thursday, of these, 1,328 were samples from Points of Entry. 1,006 samples were tested from alerts and contacts.

To date, 1,113 Ugandans have recovered from the virus.

According to the same Ministry, 290, 701 total cumulative samples have been tested since March this year.

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