By Mable Nakibuuka
Grief has befallen the Catholic fraternity in Uganda following the untimely demise of Sister Irene Onyai, who reportedly succumbed to Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Friday.
A member of the Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC) Social Communications Commission, Sister Onyai was also radio Sapientia’s Board representing Gulu Ecclesiastical Province.
Sources within the church reveal the deceased was admitted a few days ago at Rubaga hospital with respiratory complications although she tested negative for COVID-19.
However, two days ago she tested positive and was transferred to Mulago National Referral Hospital, where she unfortunately succumbed to the killer virus.
It should be noted that the Ministry of Health on Friday confirmed 186 new COVID-19 cases in Uganda bringing the cumulative total number of infections in the country to 3,539, with 39 deaths and 1,608 recoveries.
We have since established that the Ministry registered 4 (four) new cases of COVID-19 deaths on Friday, bringing the number of total deaths to 39.
The cases were confirmed from samples tested for COVID-19 on Thursday September 4th, 2020.
Of the 65 new cases, 60 were contacts and alerts and they include 44 from Kampala, 6 from Gulu, 2 from Buikwe, 2 from Mukono while the districts of Busia, Luweero, Nakapiripiriti, Nwoya and Wakiso registered 1 case each.
The new cases also included 2 health workers from Nwoya and Wakiso and 3 Ugandan truck drivers who arrived into Uganda via Busia, Mpondwe and Vuura points of entry.
Meanwhile, 5 Kenyan truck drivers tested positive for COVID-19 and were denied entry into Uganda as per the presidential directive that only COVID-19 negative foreign truck drivers be allowed entry into the country.