Kenya records 18 new COVID-19 deaths

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Public health workers go about their work in collecting swab samples for COVID-19 testing from workers in the hospitality industry in Rongai, Nakuru County, Kenya, June 6, 2020. (Xinhua/Sheikh Maina)
A health worker takes the temperature of a person standing in line for mass testing in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, May 26, 2020. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Kenya’s death tally due to Covid-19 continued to surge after 18 patients succumbed to the infection on Wednesday, on a day when 679 new positive cases were reported.15 of the patients who died had pre-existing conditions- including hypertension, diabetes, asthma and kidney disease. The three had no known conditions.

In a press briefing on Wednesday, Health Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi confirmed 679 new cases of Covid-19 infection, raising the total number of infections to 28,104.

On gender distribution, Dr. Mwangangi said 400 are male while 279 are female with the youngest being a month old and the oldest an 87-year-old.

The Ministry of Health also announced that 743 patients recovered from the virus Taking the recoveries tally to 14, 610.

Meanwhile, 369,091 Covid-19 tests have been taken across the country.

The health CAS also thanked the health workers for their efforts in the fight against the pandemic even as one more doctor died after contracting the disease.

“We have lost an astute health worker who was working at Kemri Medical Research Institute. Mr. Kamau Mugenda was the Director of Cooperate Affairs since April 2017. An exemplary worker who will be remembered for human resource development, for automation of institute processes and for infrastructural development,” she said.

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