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Fear As Uganda’s COVID-19 Deaths Shoot To 55, Quality Chemicals Boss Kitaka Latest Victim

By Keefa Nuwahereza

There is mounting fear in the country after the Ministry of Health announced that Uganda has so far registered 55 deaths, out of the 4,799 cumulative cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19), with the latest prominent death being that of Quality Chemicals Ltd and MTK Uganda Ltd proprietor Francis Xavier Kitaka.

According to Ministry officials, results from COVID-19 tests done on 12 September 2020 confirmed 96 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the cumulative total confirmed cases of Ugandans to now 4,799

The breakdown of the new cases is as follows:

Of the 88 contacts and alerts:

 Kampala (33), Buikwe (28), Jinja (4), Soroti (4), Lira (3), Kibuku (2), Mbarara (2), Terego (2), Tororo (2), Amolatar (1), Arua (1), Iganga (1), Masindi (1), Ngora (1), Moroto (1), Pader (1), Wakiso (1).

The new cases also include; 7 truck drivers who entered the country via: Malaba (3), Bunagana (2), and Elegu (2) Points of Entry, plus 1 returnee from DR.Congo.

However, Uganda has so far registered 2,256 recoveries.

We have since established that one of the COVID-19 deaths  registered is that of former Cipla Quality Chemicals chairman Francis Xavier Kitaka,86, who passed away on Saturday September 12, 2020.
According to information from his family members, Kitaka was rushed to Mulago Hospital after developing signs of COVID-19 which include difficulty in breathing, diarrhoea, headache, cough and flew on Friday.

However, he breathed his last on Saturday morning and samples taken from his remains by experts at Mulago Hospital indicated that he had died of Coronavirus.

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