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Coronavirus Pandemic Uganda Update

The Ministry of Health Uganda has confirmed the second COVID-19 death today. The deceased, an 80-year-old female, was a resident of Mengo, Kisenyi III in Kampala. She was admitted at Platinum Hospital on Friday, 24th July, 2020 at 5:00pm and later referred to Mengo Hospital. Upon admission at Mengo Hospital she presented with symptoms consistent to COVID-19 which include: cough, fever, chest pain and difficulty in breathing. She later passed on at 6:30pm. The Mengo hospital team immediately notified the Ministry of Health and Kampala City Council Authority through the normal channels. Post mortem samples were analyzed both at Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) and Makerere University Laboratories and confirmed for SARS-COV-2. The contact tracing and listing process have been initiated. Additional information will be shared accordingly by the Ministry of Health Uganda.

In the same vein, twelve (12) new COVID-19 cases were confirmed today. Out of the twelve (12) confirmed cases; one (1) is a truck driver who arrived via Mirama Hills. Seven (7) are contacts to previously confirmed cases; three (3) from Tororo, two (2) from Mbale, one (1) from Kampala and one (1) from Isingiro. One (1) returnee arrived from Kenya. Regarding the alerts, one (1) is from Amuru District and two (2) are from Kampala of which one passed on. Fifteen (15) foreign truck drivers (6 Kenyans, 6 Tanzanians, 1 Congolese, 1 Ethiopian and 1 Somali) tested positive for COVID-19 at the border points of entry and their entry into the country was not permitted. To date, Uganda has registered 1,115 cumulative confirmed cases of Ugandans and a total of 975 Ugandan recoveries. Remember to wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Also, continue to follow WHO guidelines on social distancing, keep at least 4 meters from the individual nearest to you.

We will keep you informed of any updates in the national and WHO guidelines as and when they arise.

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