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Police officer who allegedly infected 12 cellmates with Covid-19 in Kiambu dies.

A police driver, who allegedly infected 12 cellmates at the Karuri Police Station in Kiambu County with Covid-19, is said to have died at the Kenyatta National Hospital from the deadly corona virus infection.

It is not yet known where the police driver contracted the virus, but according to a source, 12 cellmates who had been held at that station for close to a month, are said to have been infected by the police driver.

Kiambu County Police Commander Ali Nuno however could not confirm the death of the officer, but confirms that the officer in question had been taken ill with Covid-19 over two weeks ago.

“The police driver in question had been taken ill two weeks ago, long even before this issue of the inmates. He has been in the hospital but I cannot confirm his death at the moment since I have not visited the hospital. Only the doctors can confirm”, the Kiambu Police Boss told on phone.

Nuno also confirmed that 12 cellmates at the police station had tested positive for Covid-19 and had since been moved to Thika for isolation and treatment.

“I can confirm the 12 (inmates), they tested positive for Covid-19 and have been taken to Thika”, Nuno stated.

This development comes at a time the country is grappling with a spike in Covid-19 cases, with the officers at the station now worried over their health status after they learnt of their colleague’s death.

The country has now surpassed the 14000 mark in case load, after reporting 397 additional new Covid-19 cases to bring the country’s case load to 14,168.