Uganda reports three more COVID-19 deaths, 64 new cases

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FILE PHOTO: Uganda’s Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng (centre) addresses the press. COURTESY: TWITTER/Ministry of Health, Uganda
FILE PHOTO: Uganda’s Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng (centre) addresses the press. COURTESY: TWITTER/Ministry of Health, Uganda

Uganda’s Ministry of Health on Tuesday reported three more COVID-19-related deaths raising the nationwide death toll to 25.

“Uganda has recorded 3 COVID-19 deaths; one male aged 65 years old and 2 females aged 70 years and 65 years old. All fatalities are residents of Kampala. The cumulative total of COVID-19 deaths are now 25,” a statement from the ministry said.

The statement also showed that it had reported 64 new confirmed cases of the deadly virus taking the total caseload to 2,426.

Kampala, again, led the way with the most number of cases registering 27 cases or 42 percent. The number of infections reported from Kampala, in particular, which has the highest numbers of community transmissions, has raised concern among authorities.

Among the new infections reported were two health workers, one returnee from Saudi Arabia and one Ugandan truck driver who came from Kenya.

The statement further indicated that there were 19 new recoveries bringing the country’s total to 1,267.

The ministry also reported that eight foreign truck drivers, seven Kenyans and one Congolese, tested positive for COVID-19 and were denied entry into the country.

As the numbers of COVID-19 cases have risen in Uganda in recent days, authorities have threatened to reinstate strict measures, including a ban on public transport and a lockdown of Kampala, as COVID-19 cases rise and citizens flout health regulations.

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