Kenya records 473 new cases and Eight deaths from Covid-19

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Kenya on Friday recorded 473 new cases of Covid-19 raising the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 9448.

Speaking during a tour of health facilities in  Kilifi County, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said the new cases are froma cluster of 6979 samples tested in the last 24 hours. Kenya has so far tested a total of 206,584 samples.

Out of the new cases, 324 are male while 149 are female. The youngest is one year old while the oldest is 90 years old.

CS Kagwe further revealed that 76 more patients were also discharged in the last 24 hours bringing to 2733 the number of recoveries in the country.

On a sad note, 8 more patients succumbed to the disease raising the number of fatalities in the country to 181.

Among those who succumbed to the disease was Dr. Doreen Adisa Lugaliki who is the first healthcare worker to succumb to the deadly disease in the country.

CS Mutahi Kagwe shared his condolence message to Dr. Lugaliki’s family during his daily briefing by commemorating her contribution to the fight against the deadly pandemic with a moment of silence.

“I would like to start in a very somber mood. As many of you may already know, we have for the first time lost a medical doctor to the disease. I am deeply saddened by the fact that she contacted the disease while at work. On behalf of the government I want to extend my condolences to her family and say pole pole sana. It is a sad day for healthcare workers and for us all.” he said

Dr Doreen Adisa Lugaliki, 38, passed on at the Aga Khan University Hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on Friday morning as she was undergoing treatment.

Until her demise, Dr. Lugaliki worked as a Gynecologist at the Nairobi South Hospital.

COVID-19 MTAANI

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus.

The disease causes respiratory illness, like the flu with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing.

To protect yourself, you are required to wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, and avoid close contact (i.e maintain a social distance of 1 meter or 3 feet) with people.

The national government has also asked Kenyans to put on face masks because this will keep you safe in case an infected person sneezes or coughs beside you. Ensure you put on a face mask whenever in public transport, supermarkets, and open-air markets.

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