Kenya became the first East African country to report a Coronavirus death after a 66-year-old man succumbed to the deadly virus on Thursday, March 26, 2020.
The 66 old-year-old man had tested positive for the Coronavirus and was admitted to Agha Khan Hospital in the intensive care Unit where he took his last breathe.
According to reports, the man was suffering from diabetes and hypertension which made his condition worse as people who have severe complications are more vulnerable to covid19.
“We have received the sad news of the first patient who had tested positive for coronavirus. The 66-year-old male Kenyan citizen who passed on this afternoon had been admitted at Aga Khan ICU,” announced Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe.
“The man who was suffering from diabetes had arrived in the country on March 13 from South Africa via Swaziland,” the Health CS added.
Sources from his family revealed that the man was a businessman and might have contracted the virus in South Africa during his business trips.
Following the 66 old man’s death, Kenya now has reported one Covid19 death with the number of cases increasing by three taking the total to 31.
The Ministry of Health announced on Thursday, March 26, 2020, that the number of active cases are now 29 since one patient had recovered from the virus.
However, the Health Ministry announced that five counties which are; Nairobi, Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi and Kajiado have been marked as hotspots for the Covid-19.
The new confirmed cases are two Kenyan women and One French man who has been taken to isolation at different facilities in Nairobi.
“The new patients have already been taken to isolation in our facilities and are being monitored by our medical personnel together with the others who previously turned positive,” said CAS Mercy Mwagangi.
CAS Mwagangi said the ministry has been tracing contacts of the covid19 patients where over 1000 have been traced.123 have been discharged, 906 are being monitored while the other 18 are awaiting tests.
In the meantime, the 7 p.m to 5 am curfew is set to begin today. Kenyans are urged to stay indoors during the curfew.