By Frank Kamuntu
Kampala: According to Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, Kyotera woman legislator Ssentongo Robina has died today’s early morning.
“The Speaker informs the House that Hon Robina Ssentongo, MP for Kyotera District has passed on this morning after contracting and suffering from COVID-19,” Parliament tweeted.
She becomes the third MP to succumb to COVID-19 in jin just a space of three months after her counterparts Rehema Watongola (Kamuli Municipality) and Faith Alupo (Pallisa Woman MP) died of the disease.
Ssentongo’s death also comes barely a day after former Masaka district woman MP and the National Resistance Movement (NRM) flag bearer for the same seat, Freda Nanziri Kase Mubanda, died at Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi where she had been admitted.
Her death comes just hours after the ministry of health on Thursday registered 628 new covid-19 infections as confirmed cases rose to 29,361.
The ministry also said COVID-19 fatalities had reached 228 with three more virus deaths registered in 24 hours.
Results of COVID-19 tests done on 16 December 2020 confirm 628 new cases. The cumulative confirmed cases are 29,361.
🔺3 COVID-19 deaths registered. The total COVID-19 deaths are 228. #STAYSAFEUG pic.twitter.com/rwidajWyfN
— Ministry of Health- Uganda (@MinofHealthUG) December 17, 2020
The breakdown of the new cases were: 623 contacts and alerts: Kampala (295), Wakiso (126), Masaka (37), Mbarara (28), Luwero (24), Kabarole (21), Kasese (17), Soroti (10), Jinja (7), Mukono (5), Mubende (4), Tororo (8), Kaberamaido (3), Mbale (4), Kyotera (3), Bududa (3), Kalungu (2), Nebbi (2), Arua (2), Budaka (2), Busia(2), Zombo (2), Kaliro (1), Namisindwa (1), Amuru (1), Moroto (2), Kamwenge (1), Abim (1), Kiryandongo (1), Iganga (1), Adjumani (4), Nakaseke(1), Kyegegwa (1), Kyenjojo (1) 5 Truck Drivers: 4 Malaba , 1 Elegu.
According to the Ministry of Health, adults aged 60 years and above are at a higher risk of dying from COVID-19.
— Ministry of Health- Uganda (@MinofHealthUG) December 18, 2020