The Ministry Of Health has confirmed another death of COVID19 in the country bringing the total number of deaths to twelve (12).
There is a rising cause for alarm as Uganda has registered 12 deaths in less than a month after going four months without any such incidents since the beginning of the lockdown.
The deceased is a 65-year-old Ugandan male who was a resident of the Kampala Metropolitan area. He was admitted at Nsambya Hospital and later transferred to China-Uganda Friendshiphispital in Naguru after developing symptoms consistent with COVID19.
“He later passed on while admitted in Naguru, with lab results confirmed he died of COVID19,” a statement from the Ministry Of Health says.
Kampala Metropolitan Area has been put on high alert with the latest death making it 10 in the area alone out of twelve in the country total. The ministry has urged Ugandans to respect the SOPs put in place to avoid a major regression in the situation.
To this effect, the ministry ordered the temporary closure of Megha Industries, Toyota Uganda, and Eagle Holding which saw some of their staff test positive for the coronavirus, with 4 cases, 3 cases, and 4 cases respectively.
We have registered emerging clusters of transmission in three business premises in the last week wherein all, 11 cases, and 316 contacts have been identified.Minister Of Health Jane Ruth Aceng
“We are in phase 3 of the pandemic, where we are seeing clusters of community transmission and now deaths specifically in Kampala,” she told the press on Thursday.
To date, 59 districts in Uganda have registered confirmed cases of COVID-19, these include: Adjumani, Amolatar, Amudat, Amuru, Arua, Bugiri, Buikwe, Bukwo, Buliisa, Bushenyi, Busia, Buvuma, Dokolo, Gomba, Gulu, Hoima, Iganga, Isingiro, Kabale, Kagadi, KakumiroKalangala, Kampala, Kasese, Kayunga, Kiryandongo, Kisoro, Kitgum, Koboko, Kumi, Kyankwanzi, Kyotera, Lamwo, Lira, Luwero, Lwengo, Madi Okollo, Masaka, Masindi, Mayuge, Mbale, Mbarara, Moyo, Mpigi, Nakaseke, Nakasongola, Namisindwa, Nebbi, Ntungamo, Nwoya, Obongi, Oyam, Rakai, Sironko, Soroti, Tororo, Wakiso, Yumbe and Zombo.
From the latest test statistics, Uganda has confirmed 32 new positive cases, with 3 among the returnees, 6 from truck drivers, 6 contacts of previously confirmed cases, and 17 alerts. Of the 17 alerts, 10 are from the Kampala Metropolitan Area, 2-a-piece from Luweero and Mbale, and three from Kagadi, and Hoima. Among the 6 contacts of previous cases, 3 are from the Kampala Metropolitan area, 2 from Nakaseke, and one from Tororo.
As of Friday 14th August, Uganda has registered 1,385 cases, 12 deaths and 1,142 recoveries.