- As of Saturday, a total of 364 people had died in the country after being infected with the coronavirus.
- The minister has announced the good news that a total of 254 patients had recovered.
- University of Nairobi (UoN) lecturer Ken Ouko has died due to health problems caused by the coronavirus.
Kenyan Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe has expressed fears over an increase in the number of people dying from COVID-19 as Kenya registered 23 deaths within 24 hours. The death toll is the highest daily total ever reported in the country since the outbreak was first reported in Kenya on March 13.
So, as of Saturday, a total of 364 people had died in the country after being infected with the coronavirus. Speaking to reporters at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Minister Kagwe also confirmed 727 new cases of coronavirus infection after 6,371 samples were tested. This brings to 21,363 the total number of infections in the country.
Of these new patients, 696 are Kenyans while 31 are foreign nationals. The youngest is a one-year-old child and the oldest is a 92-year-old. Said Minister Kagwe:
“It is unfortunate that among the 23 patients who died, there is a 16-year-old girl who has not had any other health problems before. This means that young people are now at greater risk of being destroyed by this enemy.”
The minister has announced the good news that a total of 254 patients had recovered, 88 of whom were being treated at home, while 166 were being treated at various hospitals. Acting Director of Health Patrick Amoth said that among the reasons many patients died was that they arrived at the hospital late.
“You could be infected with COVID-19 without you knowing. Some feel unwell but are afraid to go to the hospital. It is important for any patient to seek immediate medical attention, ”said Dr. Amoth.
Of the new cases, 470 are from Nairobi County, Kiambu (64), Kajiado (25), Kirinyaga (20), Mombasa (16), Migori (15), Busia (13), Machakos (12), Laikipia (11), Nakuru (9), Murang’a (9) and Kisumu (9).
Other counties that registered cases of infection are Nyeri (7), Siaya (7), Nyandarua (5), Uasin Gishu (5), Narok (5), Isiolo (4), Nandi (4), Garissa (3), Bomet (2), Meru 2. Vihiga (2), Homa Bay (2) with Kilifi, Bungoma, Kisii, Samburu, Tran-Nzoia, and Kwale counties registering one case each.
University of Nairobi (UoN) Lecturer Dies
University of Nairobi (UoN) lecturer Ken Ouko has died due to health problems caused by the coronavirus. The university’s director of communications, John Orindi, confirmed on Saturday morning that Dr. Ouko had died at the Aga Khan Hospital, where he was being treated.
University of Nairobi Deputy Chancellor, Professor Stephen Kiama, has described the death of the sociologist as a major loss to the university. Kiama said by Saturday the college had lost four staff members due to COVID-19 disease.
“Waking up to the devastating news that my big brother Dr. Ken Ouko who was a lecturer at the UoN has gone to be with the Lord. A very sad day for the larger family,” William Odek wrote on Facebook.
“Dr. Ken Ouko! An incredible university don! Made psychology and sociology sound so simple and practical! It is so sad that Covid-19 has cut your life short! I watched you just a few days ago on KTN,” ODM official Norman Magaya tweeted.
The deceased was popular on television programs where he gave advice on a number of family matters. On Friday, 16 more people were confirmed dead from COVID-19 on Friday. with 732 new cases of infection reported, the Ministry of Health said.