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Uganda registers 5th coronavirus death as 13 more test positive

Uganda has yet again recorded another COVID-19 death, the fifth in two weeks according to the ministry of Health Ministry. The deceased is a 46-year-old female Ugandan of Indian origin and resident of Kibuli a city suburb. 

According to the ministry, she was admitted at Kibuli Muslim hospital on August 1 with symptoms related to the viral respiratory disease before being referred to Mulago Specialized National referral hospital for further management.  

According to the ministry, samples from the deceased analyzed at three different laboratories including Makerere University, Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) and Central Public Health in Butabika turned out positive for COVID-19. He says the deceased had been battling asthma and diabetics for over 10 years, both risk factors for COVID-19.

Of Uganda's total five deaths, four have been female and one male. They include a 34-year-old female from Namisindwa district in eastern Uganda, an 80-year-old female from Mengo, Kisenyi, a 67-year-old male of Nigerian origin from Kisenyi in Kampala, a 61-year-old female from Nakulabye, Kampala and 46-year-old female of Indian origin and resident of Kibuli, Kampala. 

In addition, 13 of the 2,485 samples tested on Sunday for COVID-19 turned positive. Two of the cases are returnees from abroad who have been under quarantine, five contacts to previously confirmed cases, two from alerts in the community and four Ugandan truck drivers.

Cumulatively, Uganda has so far registered 1,195 COVID-19 cases whereby 1,070 have since recovered and discharged from the various treatment centres across the country.

Meanwhile, the ministry said samples from the suspected coronavirus patient who died at Rushere Community hospital, Kiruhura district in western Uganda on Saturday turned out negative. The deceased, resident of Bwashamure was under isolation having been admitted on Monday after presenting with COVID-19 like signs and symptoms.

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