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Uganda has registered its second coronavirus (COVID-19) death, an 80-year-old female and resident of Mengo, Kisenyi III in Kampala.

According to the ministry of Health, the deceased was admitted to Platinum hospital on Friday, July 24, 2020, at about 5:00 pm after she presented with COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, chest pain and difficulty in breathing.

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

The ministry has started tracing all contacts who might have come in contact with the deceased. On Wednesday, this week, another female, 34-year-old Yunis Chimatala, passed on 34 at Joy Hospice centre in Mbale in eastern Uganda where she had been referred to from Wasungui health centre II on July 15, 2020.

Postmortem results from all the four laboratories from Uganda Virus Research Institute, Makerere University, Tororo and CPHL confirmed that she died of coronavirus.

Today, the ministry of Health announced 12 new coronavirus cases, raising the countries total cumulative cases to 1,115 from the 1,937 samples tested on Saturday.

The cases include one is a truck driver who entered the country from Mirama Hills, seven are contacts to previously confirmed cases in Tororo, Kampala, Isingiro, Mbale, Isingiro and one returnee from Kenya. To date, 260,465 people have been tested in the country while 975 Ugandans have recovered from the virus. 

Globally, there is a surge in coronavirus infections and deaths which stand at 16 million and 650,000 respectively. 

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