First Coronavirus patient in Kenya dies

The first patient who tested positive for the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in Kenya has died, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has announced.

CS Kagwe, in a statement to newsrooms, said the 66-year-old Kenyan citizen died on Thursday afternoon at the Aga Khan Hospital Intensive Care Unit.

“The man who has been suffering from Diabetes had arrived in the country on March 13, 2020 from South Africa via Swaziland,” said the CS.

The government earlier announced that the number of coronavirus cases had risen to 31 after three more patients tested positive for COVID-19.

Ministry of Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Dr. Mercy Mwangangi, in a press address, said the three new cases are all Kenyan women aged between 30 and 61 years.

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Dr. Mwangangi noted that two of the three patients are from Kilifi County while the other is from Nairobi, adding that they are close contacts of patients who previously tested positive.

“The new patients have already been taken into isolation and are being monitored by our medical personnel together with others who previously tested positive,” said the Health CAS.

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