Ugandan MP dies of COVID-19 as infections rise

BY: Eyalama In Corona, News On

Ugandan lawmaker Faith Alupo has died Tuesday after she reportedly contracted the novel coronavirus, the first Member of Parliament in the country to succumb to the virus as it’s spread ramps up across the country.

The MP, a Woman resprentative of Pallisa District, passed on from Mulago National Referral Hospital, at a section gazetted to treat VVIP Covid-19 patients, sources said on Tuesday.

Parliament is yet issue an official communication to this development.

MP Faith Alupo has died on Tuesday (PHOTO/URN).

Last month, parliament spokesperson Hellen Kaweesa said up to four MPs were confirmed to have been infected with COVID-19.

Uganda

Confirmed
42,224
Deaths
346
Recovered
41,652
Active
226
Last updated: May 8, 2021 - 3:14 pm (+00:00)

In total, Uganda’s health ministry has declared around 5000 coronavirus cases, of whom close to 60 have died and 2000 recovered.

Uganda has seen a recent spike in new infections, having seen an initial slow rise in its caseload.

Kenya

Confirmed
162,666
Deaths
2,865
Recovered
110,653
Active
49,148
Last updated: May 8, 2021 - 3:14 pm (+00:00)

Continentally, the number of confirmed COVID-19 infections stood at 1,353,283 with 32,625 deaths, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

Uganda’s latest figures come as the World Health Organization urged countries to remain vigilant and keep track of possible mutation of the virus.

Rwanda

Confirmed
25,539
Deaths
338
Recovered
24,050
Active
1,151
Last updated: May 8, 2021 - 3:14 pm (+00:00)

“As we continue to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa, being able to not only track its evolution, but also assess the possible mutation of the virus is crucial to mounting an effective response,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. “Through this new laboratory network dedicated to genome sequencing we can better develop vaccines and treatment which are tailored to Africans and eventually bring COVID-19 under control.”

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