Uganda registers another COVID-19 death, 32 new cases recorded

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Kampala, Uganda | URN | Uganda has today registered its 12th COVID-19 death of a 65-year-old male, a resident of Kampala.

The deceased was admitted in Nsambya hospital and later transferred to China-Uganda Friendship hospital after developing signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19, according to the ministry of Health.

The deceased becomes the 9th COVID-19 death that has been registered in the Kampala Metropolitan Area in the last 3 weeks.

A further 32 COVID-19 new cases were confirmed from the 4,289 samples tested yesterday, August 13, 2020, and include 17 alerts of which 10 are from Kampala, two from Luweero, 3 from Mbale, and one each from Kagadi and Hoima.

There were also six contacts to the previously confirmed cases who tested positive including 3 from Kampala, 2 from Nakaseke and 1 from Tororo.

Among the six truck drivers who tested positive; 3 arrived from Kenya via Malaba and Busia while 3 arrived from South Sudan via Oraba and Waligo entry points.

Also, three returnees tested positive including two who arrived from Kenya and one from DR Congo. 19 foreign truck drivers – 12 Kenyans, 2 Congolese, 4 Tanzanians and one South Sudanese who tested positive were denied entry into the country.

Yesterday, the minister of Health Jane Ruth Aceng warned that the gains Uganda had made in containing the spread of the virus might soon be quashed away as people continue to disregard the set out standard operating procedures.

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The minister decried the growing complacency among the population who have since abandoned hand washing, wearing of face masks while in public and social distancing.

Aceng said the doctors who have sacrificed so much in the last 5 months are worried that they will soon be the already fragile health system is going to be overwhelmed by the increasing numbers of community transmission. 

Since the partial lifting of the lockdown, 3 factories in Kampala including Eagle Holdings (4 confirmed cases) where Uganda’s 5th death of 46-year-old female of Indian origin was traced, Megha Industries (4 confirmed cases) and Toyota Uganda (3 confirmed cases) have been closed after registering COVID-19 cases.