The patient was a 66-year-old Kenyan male, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe announced.He died this afternoon at the Agakhan Hospital Intensive Care Unit where he was admitted.
“The man who was suffering from diabetes had arrived in the country on March 13, 2020, from South Africa via Swaziland,” Kagwe said in a statement.The news, which CS Kagwe described as sad, comes barely hours after Kenya announced her first recovery from the highly-contagious virus.The patient, who gave the country the much-awaited ray of hope, was the country’s first confirmed coronavirus case recorded on March 13.
Three new cases confirmed on Thursday are all ladies aged between 30 and 61, according to the Health Ministry’s Chief Administrative Secretary Dr Mercy Mwangangi.
Of the three new cases, two are from Kilifi County and are said to have come into contact with a previous patient who turned positive. The other case is from Nairobi.
“All the new confirmed cases are Kenyans… the new patients have already been taken to isolation in our facilities and are being monitored by our medical personnel,” she said.
Dr. Mwangangi said the government is looking at ways to contain the spread in Kilifi and other emerging hotspots. She urged residents to maintain social distance as a precautionary measure.
The CAS said some 18 people are currently admitted at Kenyatta National Hospital’s Infectious Disease Unit in Nairobi’s Mbagathi Hospital awaiting testing.
The government Wednesday announced a dusk-to-dawn curfew set to begin Friday 7 pm while all international flights to the country have been stopped.
Dr Mwangangi, however, explained that nations that wish to evacuate their citizens from the country can still fly out of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport(JKIA).
The disease which has been classified as a global pandemic has killed 21,191 people across the world. 468,000 people have been infected.