By Mable Nakibuuka
The number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Uganda has risen to 60, out of the 5,266 cumulative total infections.
The new COVID-19 deaths were registered in Soroti and Mbale Districts respectively.
This comes after results of COVID-19 tests done on 15 September 2020 by the Ministry of Health confirmed 143 new cases, bringing the number to 5,266, out of which 2,404 have recovered so far .
The breakdown of the new infections is as follows;
Contacts and Alerts (135):
Kampala (66), Buikwe (15), Lira (14), Mbale (7), Tororo (7), Soroti (5), Bundibugyo (3), Buvume (3), Kiryandongo (8), Wakiso (2), Arua (1), Masaka (3) and Zombo (1).
The new cases also include 8 Returnees: Oman(4), India (1), Senegal (1), UK (1) and Ethiopia (1).
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered Coronavirus.
Most people who fall sick with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms and recover without special treatment. Others will experience difficulty in breathing, coughing, sneezing, diarrhea, loss of appetite, headache among other symptoms.
How It Spreads
The virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or exhales. These droplets are too heavy to hang in the air, and quickly fall on floors or surfaces.
You can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within close proximity of someone who has COVID-19, or by touching a contaminated surface and then your eyes, nose or mouth.
The Ministry of Health advises all Ugandans to wear masks whenever in public, wash hands frequently with soap or use sanitizers, maintain social distance of at least 2 meters from each other and report any suspected cases of Coronavirus infection to the nearest authorities.
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