COVID-19: Uganda’s Death Toll Hits 16 as 53 Test Positive

Uganda has registered one COVID19 death today, the deceased is a 60 year old Ugandan male from Mbale District. This brings the number of total COVID19 deaths to sixteen (16).

According to the ministry, the deceased presented at a private health facility in Mbale with signs and symptoms consistent to COVID19 and was under isolation.

“He was then referred to Mbale Regional Referral hospital where he passed on. A total of 16 contacts to the deceased have so far been listed.” read part of the statement from the ministry.

Relatedly, the ministry of health Uganda has confirmed fifty three (53) new COVID-19 cases from 4,125 samples tested on 18th August, 2020.

Of the confirmed cases, thirty five (35) are alerts and eighteen (18) are contacts to previously confirmed cases.

Regarding the alert cases, 28 are from Kampala, two (2) are from Wakiso, two (2) from Amuru while the other 3 are from Buikwe, Buvuma and Soroti.

The 18 contacts to previously confirmed cases include; 10 from Kikuube,  5  from kampala, and 3 from Busia, Masindi and Wakiso.

The ministry further notes that a total of eleven (11) foreign truck drivers including 10 Kenyans and 1 Rwandese who tested positive for COVID19 were not permitted entry in to the country.

To date, Uganda registers a cumulative total of 1,656 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 1,188 recoveries and sixteen (16) COVID19 deaths.



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