Uganda reports 31 new COVID-19 cases as death toll rises to six

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FILE PHOTO: Uganda’s Director-General of Health Services Dr. Henry Mwebesa (centre) addresses the press. COURTESY: TWITTER/Ministry of Health Uganda

Uganda on Friday reported 31 new confirmed coronavirus cases following testing of samples carried out on Thursday which pushed its nationwide total to 1,254 cases.

“Out of the new confirmed cases, 19 are alerts, eight are contacts to previously confirmed cases while four are truck drivers,” a statement from the Ministry of Health said.

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

The ministry also said that five contacts to the previously confirmed cases are from Kampala while the other three were from Kabale, Wakiso and Namisindwa.

Of the four Ugandan truck drivers, two arrived from Kenya while the other two arrived from South Sudan.

Uganda’s death toll also rose to six after a 70-year-old man, who had an underlying condition.

“On 24th July 2020, he presented at Lubega Hospital with signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19, which include: mild fever, cough and difficulty in breathing. Further investigations revealed that he was diabetic; a risk factor for COVID-19,” the ministry said.

“He was later referred to Mulago National Referral Hospital on 28th July 2020 and admitted at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Unfortunately, he passed away yesterday evening on 06th August, 2020. May his soul rest in peace.”

The ministry added that 25 foreign truck drivers tested positive for COVID-19 and were denied entry into the country. The 25 were 18 Kenyans, four Tanzanians, two Congolese and one Rwandan.

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