Uganda registers 12 COVID-19 deaths as confirmed cases rise to 1,385

By :
Baluku Geoffrey

Kampala, Uganda | AFRICATEMBELEA | Uganda has registered another COVID-19 death, bringing the total number of fatalities to 12.

According to the Ministry of Health, the deceased is a 65-year-old Ugandan, male resident of Kampala Metropolitan Area who was admitted to Nsambya Hospital and later transferred to China-Uganda Friendship Hospital, Naguru after developing signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

“He later passed while on admission at Naguru Hospital,” the ministry said in a statement, adding that “results from laboratories confirmed COVID-19.”

In the same vein, results from samples tested on August 13, 2020, confirmed 32 new Covid-19 cases. Of the new confirmed cases, 17 are alerts, 6 are truck drivers, 6 are contacts to previously confirmed cases and 3 are returnees.

Regarding the 17 alerts, Africa Tembelea has learnt that ten are from Kampala Metropolitan Area, 2 from Luwero, 2 from Mbale while 3 are from Kagadi and Hoima.

“Of the six truck drivers, three arrived from Kenya via Malaba and Busia, three arrived from South Sudan via Craba and Waligo Points of entry,” the health ministry said, adding that, 2 of the returnees were from Nakaseke and one from Tororo.

Relatedly, 19 foreign truck drivers (12 Kenyans, 4 Tanzanians, 2 Congolese and 1 South Sudanese) who tested positive for COVID-19 at the border points, were denied entry into the country.

To date, Uganda has 1,385 cumulative cases, out of whom 1,142 have seen been discharged from different hospitals across the country after they recovered.

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