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Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during the daily Covid-19 status briefing at KU Referral Hospital. Photo: MoH

COVID-19 UPDATE: 2 health workers succumb as case load rise to 23,873 in the country

Two more health workers have succumbed to Covid-19, as the country reported an additional 671 cases on Wednesday August 5, raising the total number of cases to 23,873.

“We have lost 2 healthcare workers…This is like losing soldiers in a war… We urge county governments to listen to murmurs, concerns from healthcare workers with a view of addressing them,” Health CS Mutahi Kagwe stated during the daily Ministry of Health Covid-19 status briefings at the KU Referral Hospital.

The CS also noted that 603 patients had been discharged from various facilities after recovering from the disease, raising the total number of recoveries to 9930. 436 were on the home-based care system while 167 were discharged from hospitals.

This means the country still has 13,943 active cases being monitored by the Ministry from various health facilities and from the home based care program.

Unfortunately 3 more people succumbed to the disease, among them the two health workers, bringing the total number of fatalities to 391.

CS Kagwe also noted that the Kenya University hospital would receive 500 additional beds, 60 of which would be HDU and ICU, 440 would be isolation beds raising the total number of beds in the institution to 1,150.

“I’m here today to officially open the Infectious Disease Unit (IDU) & Intensive Care Unit (ICU). We have an additional 500-bed facility, out of which 60 will be HDU & ICU beds”, CS Kagwe remarked.

He also praised Kenyans who had observed the Covid-19 directives noting that most Kenyans had encountered colleagues or family members who had undergone isolation over the virus.