First COVID-19 death recorded in Kenya

Nairobi – Kenya has today recorded its first Coronavirus virus death. The patient who died of the disease at the AgaKhan Hospital intensive care unit is a 66-year-old man who arrived in Kenya on March 13 2020, Grace Turyatunga reports.

The deceased was a diabetes patient. However, Kenya earlier confirmed three more cases of coronavirus making a total of 31.

In a briefing, Kenya’s Health Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi announced that the latest cases are all Kenyans and close contacts of previousLY reported cases.

She revealed that 906 persons have been traced and are being monitored and that 18 of them are already at the Mbagathi Hospital.

On Wednesday, Kenya stepped up its efforts against the coronavirus pandemic which has left more than 20,000 people dead worldwide.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta unveiled double-edged measures giving the economy, businesses and consumers various percentages of tax relief. He also introduced an indefinite 7pm to 5am curfew for the safety of the citizens.

In his first economic stimulus package to shield the economy from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the President ordered the National Treasury to give employees earning less than Kshs 24,000 (approx UGX875,000); a 100 per cent tax relief.

Those earning more than this will pay a maximum of 25 per cent, down from the current 30 per cent.

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