KAMPALA — Uganda has registered another COVID-19 death, bringing the number to seven. The deceased is a 49-year-old Uganda Female resident of Wakiso who was an HIV positive patient and on treatment.
According to the Ministry of Health daily update on COVID-19 test results, the deceased who also had a history of Asthma and TB presented signs and symptoms of COVID-19 on August 6, 2020.
These include cough, mild fever and difficulty in breathing.
“Upon admission, the attending clinicians suspected COVID-19 and informed Ministry of Health, samples were taken off and sent to laboratories for analyst. Results from the analysis confirmed SARS-COV-2. Unfortunately, she passed away today morning at the private facility,” said Dr Henry Mwebesa, the Director-General Health Services.
“Both diabetes and asthma are risk factors for COVID-19,” Mwebesa said.
Meanwhile, from the 3,204 samples tested on August 8, 2020, 16 tested positive for the coronavirus. These include four truck drivers, two are contacts to previously confirmed cases, 10 are alerts from Kampala Metropolitan Area, Bugiri, Nakaseke, Bukwo and Wakiso.
All the four truck drivers arrived from Kenya via Malaba and Busia border.
Additionally, Mwebesa said 12 foreign truck drivers tested positive and were denied entry into the country.
These include 12 Kenyans, three Tanzanians.
Uganda’s total accumulative case tally is 1,283 and 1,115 have so far recovered.
“The Ministry of Health would like to appeal to the general public to call the toll free line on 0800203033 or 0800100066 to report any suspected person with signs and symptoms similar to COVID-19,” Mwebesa said.