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Uganda registers third COVID-19 death as 7 more test positive

Safe and dignified burial Red Cross team conducting a mock burial of a coronavirus patient earlier  

Safe and dignified burial Red Cross team conducting a mock burial of a coronavirus patient earlier  

Uganda has registered its third coronavirus death, a 67-year-old male of Nigerian origin and a resident of Kisenyi in Kampala according to ministry of Health. 

After presenting with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 of cough, fever, chest pain and difficulty in breathing, the deceased reportedly sought for treatment in an unnamed private clinic on an unspecified date.

Later, according to the ministry he later went to Kiruddu referral hospital but passed away on July 29. His postmortem samples tested at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) turned positive for coronavirus. According to the ministry, 15 contacts were in contact with the deceased have been listed for tracing.

So far Uganda has lost three patients to coronavirus; 34-year-old female in Namisindwa, an 80-year-old female from Kisenyi III, Mengo and now a 67-year-old male also from Kisenyi.

All deaths follow a similar pattern; they have only been identified as coronavirus positive after death, raising fears that many more people might have died from the virus without being captured by official records.

Seven more people tested positive for coronavirus from the 3,229 samples tested yesterday July 30. This raises the country’s total confirmed coronavirus cases to 1,154. So far, 272,805 total samples have been tested in Uganda with at least 1,028 recoveries. The new cases include two truck drivers who arrived from South Sudan and DR Congo, two contacts from Gulu and Namisindwa as well as 5 alerts from Mbarara (2), Amuru (2) and one (deceased) from Kampala. 

In a related development, a 27-year-old male resident of Namisindwa district in eastern Uganda who collapsed and died on July 29 did not have coronavirus according to results from his postmortem samples.

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