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80-Year Old Woman Is Uganda’s Second Covid-19 Victim

An 80-year-old female who is a resident of Mengo, Kisenyi III in Kampala has become the second death case of Covid-19 in Uganda. She was admitted to Platinum hospital on Friday July 24, 2020 at 5:00 pm after she presented with COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, chest pain and difficulty in breathing.

It is reported that, she was referred to Mengo Hospital where she breathed her last at 6:30 pm on the same day. Following her death, postmortem samples analyzed at the Uganda Virus Research Institute and Makerere University Hospital confirmed that the deceased had succumbed to COVID-19.

The ministry of health spokesperson, Emmanuel Ainebyoona confirmed the death to media.

“It’s true we have registered our second death. We are currently carrying out contact tracing of all the people who might have come into contact with the deceased,” he said.

The first death was a 34-year old woman from Namisindwa district who passed away on July 22, 2020 which comes just a few days after the first death was confirmed by Ministry of Health.

12 new positive cases were also confirmed on Sunday by Ministry of Health, taking the number of cumulative COVID-19 cases to 1,115.

Ugandans have been urged to continue following the guidelines passed to curb the spread of the disease by washing hands regularly with soap and water, maintaining social distacne and wearing a mask in public.

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