A 63-year-old pilot with Kenya Airways and a Kenya Ports Authority worker are the latest people to die of coronavirus.
The pilot checked in at the Nairobi Hospital on March 29 complaining of difficulties breathing.
His doctor recommended Covid-19 tests which turned positive. The Star learned that he was taken to the isolation ward within the hospital until his death on Thursday.
Two more pilots who tested positive are admitted at the same hospital.
The second patient to die was a 68-year-old female Kenya Ports Authority employee, who died on Wednesday night at the Mombasa Hospital’s isolation ward.
She was buried in a low-key function at Mbaraki cemetery hours later.
Her daughter has been quarantined at the Coast General Hospital and will be tested.
Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho confirmed receiving reports about the death.
“Unfortunately, we know of a case where someone has passed on last night,” the governor said in Mombasa.
He warned private hospitals against turning away Covid-19 patients or people presenting symptoms.
“We are observing carefully the private hospitals in Mombasa. We are watching you. We know of cases that you have dealt with,” he said.
On a positive note, however, Kagwe reported that Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi had fully recovered from the virus after three consecutive tests carried on him turned negative.
The number of those who have fully recovered is now four.
Saburi will now face the law for defying the self-quarantine regulations as set by the government. The DG had been placed under mandatory quarantine.
“The situation in our country is not getting better; it is getting worse. As I have continuously told you in my daily briefings, this disease is a pandemic,” Kagwe said.
“In the last 24 hours, we have managed to test a total of 662 samples. Out of this 29 people tested positive to the covid-19 disease. 28 are Kenyans while one is a Congolese national. This brings the total number of positive cases in the country to 110.”
He lambasted people who said Covid-19 was not serious because they did not know of anybody in their area who had either died or tested positive for the disease.
He said, “The effort is to ensure that you do not hear of death and you do not hear of a positive case. Please do not wait to hear of s death near you for you to realize that the disease is not a joke. By the time you are hearing of death near you, it could well be your own death and, of course, you won’t hear.”
The 29 positive cases have been placed in various isolation facilities.
In terms of the distribution of the new cases according to facilities of admission, three of the cases were recorded at the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi.
Among those in quarantine, 11 were admitted at the Crowne Plaza Airport hotel, one at the Four Points Sheraton Airport, two at the Kenya Institute of Special Education, two at KITI Nakuru, two at KMTC, two at Pride Inn while Nairobi Hospital and Mathari recorded one case each.
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