COVID-19 Death Toll Rises to 20 in Uganda as 318 more test positive

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L-R Commissioner General of Prisons Dr. Johnson Byabashaija, Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng and WHO Country Representative to Uganda, Yonas Tegegn WOLDEMARIAM
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Baluku Geoffrey

KAMPALA, Uganda – The COVID-19 death toll in the country rose to 20 on Saturday after one more patient succumbed to the virus.

According to Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, the deceased is a 49-year-old male from Mbale District.

In the same vein, 318 new COVID-19 cases were reported today, bringing the cumulative total cases in Uganda to 2,166.

“Today, Uganda has registered the highest number COVID-19 cases at 318 in a single day,” Dr. Aceng said.

Out of the 318 new cases; 154 were from Amuru Prison, 136 were contacts and alerts, 20 health workers and 8 truck drivers.

The distribution of the cases has 153 inmates and a prison staff at Amuru Prison; followed by contacts and alert cases in Kampala (65), Kiryandongo (14), Gulu (9), Mbarara (9), Kitgum (8), Arua (8), Wakiso (7), Mbale (4), Buikwe (4), Masaka (2), Bugiri (1), Jinja (1), Luweero (1) Manafwa (1), Masindi (1) and Mityana (1).

Among the Health workers 9 were from Kitgum, Kampala 6, Arua 2, Adjumani 1, Kiryandongo 1, and Luweero 1; while for the truck drivers, 3 came in via Malaba, 2 from Busia, Mpondwe 1, Oraba 1, and 1 from Madi and Opei respectively.

The ministry also noted that currently, the Kampala Metropolitan Area has the highest numbers of community transmission.

“A cumulative total of 540 COVID-19 cases have been reported in Kampala since the 23rd March. Of these, 342 cases were registered within the last one week, from 15th August to 21st August 2020 including 5 COVID-19 deaths,” the ministry said.

Africa Tembelea has also learnt that several institutions including; Malaysia Furnishing, Royal Pharma, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, IGG, KCCA, Toyota, the NRM Secretariat, Eagle Holdings, Megha Industries as well as media houses (New Vision, NBS, NTV, BBS) among other private hospitals have reported clusters.

“This highlights the need to ensure that workplaces strictly observe the Standard Operating Procedures and Infection, Prevention and Control measures to limit the spread of COVID-19,” the ministry added.

Since originating in Wuhan, China last December, COVID-19 has claimed over 806,482 lives in 188 countries and regions.

More than 23 million cases have been reported worldwide, while over 15,8 million patients have recovered, according to figures compiled by worldometers.

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