Uganda’s COVID-19 Deaths Rise To 22, Infection Cases Shoot To 2,362 As Gov’t Ponders Second Lockdown

Uganda’s COVID-19 Deaths Rise To 22, Infection Cases Shoot To 2,362 As Gov’t Ponders Second Lockdown

By Our Reporter

The number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Uganda has risen  to 22, with 2, 362 cumulative cases of infection, according to the Ministry of Health.

The deceased include a 35-year-old female who was a trader in Kikuubo, Kampala, and a 36-year-old male from Kisenyi, Kampala.

Information from the Ministry indicates that tests done on August 23, 2020 confirmed 99 new cases of infection, with 1,248 recoveries.

According to a statement from the Ministry, the news cases include 84 from Kampala, 49  from Kikuube, 8 from Gulu, 5 from Sironko, 4 from Lamwo, 3 from Lira, 2 from Luweero, 2 from Tororo, 2 from Yumbe, 1 from Mbale, 1 from Abim, 1 from Amuru, 1 from Bundibugyo, 1 from Kotido, 1 from Kiryandongo and 1 from Namisindwa districts.

Among the new cases of infections are 5 Health Workers from Kampala, 2 from Mbale, 1 from Kikuube and 1 from Gulu.

COVID-19 deaths have since risen to 22 in Uganda, according to the Ministry of Health

They also include 6 returnees from Saudi Arabia and 1 from Kenya, plus 4 truck drivers  from 4 points of entry; 1 from Padea, 1 from Malaba, 1 from Busia and 1 from Vura.

However, this comes at a time when cabinet is planning to announce a second lockdown especially in Kampala, after the Central Business District becoming a Red-spot for COVID-19 deaths and infections.

To that effect, cabinet held a lengthy meeting  at State House, Entebbe today, during which they discussed various matters, although top on the agenda, according to our sources, was whether the Ministry of Health should announce a second lockdown, whether or not to close Kikuubo and other crowded places or markets in Kampala  and its suburbs, regulation of public transport, among others.

The resolutions of the meeting are expected to be communicated by president Yoweri Museveni in his Natioanal Address about COVID-19 slated for Tuesday August 25th, 2020.

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