COVID-19 UPDATE: 793 deaths within 24 hours in Italy, Uganda reports first case

A blood sample which has tested positive for Coronavirus. 1,344 more people have tested positive for the disease/COURTESY

Coronavirus pandemic continues to cause havoc in the world with the number of deaths rising to more than 13,000.

Italy, which has the highest number of deaths at 4,825, has ordered all businesses except the most essential ones to close until April 3rd, tightening lockdown in the country in fight against coronavirus.

Italy recorded almost 800 deaths in the last 24 hours with the number of infections at 53,578.

The Russian Army will start sending medical aid to Italy to help in the COVID-19 war.

China still has the highest number of COVID-19 cases at 81,054 with 3,261 deaths.

Uganda joined its East African Community counterparts in fighting the virus after reporting its first case on Sunday.

Uganda Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng announced the first case, saying that a man flew into the country from Dubai on Saturday and was in stable condition.

“Humans crossing into Uganda from the different border points are prohibited going forward. This is until we find coordination at the East African level. Please stay where you are. We are not against anyone but this is about manageability,” said Uganda President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on the mitigation measures to avoid the spread of the virus.

Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania still have 17, seven and six confirmed cases respectively. None of the EAC countries have reported any deaths resulting from the disease.

Eritrea reported the first case of a 39-year-old Eritrean who flew into the country from Norway.

The current number of global COVID-19 cases is at 308,615 with number of deaths hitting 13,071.

Those who have recovered from the disease are 95,834.