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70-year-old Ugandan male succumbs to COVID-19

The safe and dignified burial team getting ready to conduct a burial for a coronavirus victim

The safe and dignified burial team getting ready to conduct a burial for a coronavirus victim

Another Ugandan has succumbed to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), bringing the total number of deaths to six. The deceased is a male Ugandan aged 70 and resident of Nateete in Kampala, according to the Health ministry.   

He becomes the fifth person and second male to die of coronavirus in Kampala in a space of three weeks when Uganda registered its first Covid-19 death.

The previous deaths include a 34-year-old woman from Namisindwa, 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. 

A statement from the ministry of Health shows that the deceased was taken to Lubaga hospital on July 24 while presenting with Covid-19 like symptoms including fever, cough and difficulty in breathing. Further investigations also revealed that the deceased was diabetic, a risk factor for Covid-19.   

“Upon deterioration, he was admitted in the intensive care unit at the same hospital and Covid-19 samples were taken off from him and sent to laboratories for analysis. Samples were confirmed for SAR-COV2,” reads the statement.  

He was referred to Mulago national referral hospital on July 28, 2020, where he was admitted in the intensive care unit.

“Unfortunately, he passed away yesterday (Thursday) evening,” the statement read.  In addition, 31 of the 2,334 samples tested for Covid-19 on Thursday turned positive.   

Four of the cases are Ugandan truck drivers, 8 contacts to previously confirmed cases and 19 are alerts in the community. Cumulatively, Uganda has so far registered 1,254 COVID-19 cases and 1,102 recoveries.

Among the alerts, four are from the Kampala Metropolitan Area, four from Wakiso, one from Sironko, one from Bushenyi, two from Kisoro, four from Amuru and three from Adjumani.

The contacts to the previously confirmed cases are; five from Kampala, one each from Kabale, Wakiso and Namisindwa. The four truck drivers who tested positive entered the country from Kenya via Malaba and from South Sudan via Elegu.

Meanwhile, 25 truck drivers including 18 Kenyans, 4 Tanzanian, 2 Congolese and one Rwandan who tested positive were denied entry into Uganda.

Comments

0 #1 miki 2020-08-08 03:04
Community spread marks the real beginning of the covid19 crisis in Uganda.

And it will be more challenging since it is happening at a time when the country is slowly rolling back the lock-down of the country.
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0 #2 Mandela 2020-08-09 12:05
In fact this is the right time to lock down. But this time lock down needs to be done in intervals, say 2 weeks and then open again and lock down again after may be a month or 2.

In that way you slow the spread. It is the only viable strategy now without a vaccine.
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