The ministry of Health has confirmed 473 new Covid-19 cases after testing 6,979 samples in the last 24 hours raising the number of infections in the country to 9,448.
Out of the 473 positive cases, 324 were male and 149 were female. The youngest case reported was 1 year with the oldest at 90 years.
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe addressing the nation from Kilifi county on Friday noted eight more people had succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours. The death toll now stands at 181.
Among those who succumbed to the disease is a 38-year-old medical doctor.
Dr Doreen Adisa Lugaliki succumbed to the virus at the Aga Khan Hospital where she had been admitted on Monday.
Dr Lugaliki, who contracted the virus in the line of duty, is the first health worker to succumb to Covid-19 in the country.
CS Kagwe mourned Dr. Adisa Lugaliki, Kenya’s first medic to succumb to Coronavirus. The CS lauded health workers who have placed their lives on the line to serve and protect Kenyans.
The CS noticed that 42 out of 47 counties had recorded coronavirus with Nairobi leading with 5,188 cases.
“It is a sad day for all of us and we ask God to protect for their families. Let us all pray for our health care workers. On behalf of the nation and the government, I send condolences to the family of the fallen doctor,” Kagwe eulogised.
On a positive note Kagwe said 76 more patients have also been discharged after recovering. The number of recoveries recorded in the country now stands at 2,733.
Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi lauded his county administration for acting swiftly against Covid-19 after it became one of the first counties to record positive cases.
“We cannot say that we are adequately prepared but we have improved and worked harder to ensure we protect our residents. We have set up seven isolation centres and ICUs too. We have equipped our dedicated health workers too. However, residents should also support us and protect themselves to ensure that our efforts do not go in vain,” Kingi stated.
Further Kingi stted that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s decision to reopen the country was crucial but risky as the virus would spread. He urged Kenyans to adhere to stipulated health measures to curb the spread of the disease and work on uplifting the economy.