Covid-19: Uganda records highest number of deaths, infections in one day

"In light of the spike in new cases in Kampala Metropolitan Area, there is evidence that the rate of community transmission is high. The public is STRONGLY advised to take personal responsibility to avoid contracting COVID-19. The earlier we change our attitude and behaviour towards COVID-19, the better for our health and nation.” says a statement from the Ministry of Health

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Uganda has August 20, 2020 recorded 3 new COVID-19 deaths, the highest number in a single day the country has registered so far. This brings the total COVID-19 deaths to 19.

“The fatalities are residents of Kampala, the Ministry of Health has said. Two males aged 45 and 31 years old and a 57 year old female who passed on while in admission at different private hospitals in Kampala. They presented with signs and symptoms of Covid-19,” the Ministry added in a statement released on Wednesday afternoon.

Similarly, the country has registered the highest number of new infections since Covid-19 was confirmed in Uganda. The Ministry of Health has confirmed 94 cases from tests done on 19 August 2020.

This brings the total confirmed COVID-19 cases of Ugandans to 1,750.

Among the 94 new cases, 53 are alerts, of which 51 are from Kampala while two are from Buvuma and Wakiso.

Thirty three (33) are contacts to previously confirmed cases. 21 are from Kampala, six from Nakaseke, three from Wakiso, two from Adjumani and one came from Koboko.

There were also truck drivers who were detected at various positions of entry.

The Ministry of Health said 1,194 people have successfully recovered.

“In light of the spike in new cases in Kampala Metropolitan Area, there is evidence that the rate of community transmission is high. The public is STRONGLY advised to take personal responsibility to avoid contracting COVID-19. The earlier we change our attitude and behaviour towards COVID-19, the better for our health and nation.” says a statement from the Ministry of Health

“The Ministry appeal to the population including users of public transport to wear a face mask at all time, and wear it properly – ensure the nose, mouth and chin are fully covered, practice good hand hygiene and maintain a social distance whenever in public. COVID-19 is dangerous, spreads fast and it kills both the young and the elderly alike as statistics both locally and globally have shown.”

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