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Uganda Records Highest Daily COVID-19 Deaths

"Our health system is overwhelmed with cases right now and in such circumstances, we should expect more deaths," Dr Monica Musenero an epidemiologist and also a senior presidential advisor told URN
Uganda has recorded its highest number of deaths in a single day according to information released by the ministry of health.

According to results released by the ministry of health today, five succumbed to COVID-19 yesterday. Two of the deceased were from Kapchorwa while the other cases were recorded in Kampala, Mbale and Gulu each.

This brings the number of reported COVID deaths in the country to 69. 

This number of deaths according to health experts, is rising as community cases in the country continue to rise while the health care system is already overwhelmed.

Dr Monica Musenero, an epidemiologist and also a senior presidential advisor in an interview with URN said that more deaths should be expected in the country.

"Our health system is overwhelmed with cases right now and in such circumstances, we should expect more deaths. People are acquiring the disease but are home because there are no hospital beds. They cannot get treatment. In the end we should expect more deaths," she said.

According to the health ministry, over 60 percent of the reported deaths had other existing comorbidities. Majority had either high blood pressure or diabetes.  

Dr William Worodria, the COVID-19 case manager says that they are experiencing more deaths because so many people seek care late.

"The disease has already spread in so many communities but people are not willing to go to hospitals early. Someone starts feeling sick but does not want to suspect that it might be COVID, so they remain home until it is too late,"Dr Worodria said.

A total of 6,879 cases of the disease have been reported in the country. 

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