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2 Kenyans succumb to COVID-19 in the UK as death toll at home hits 12

NAIROBI, Kenya, April 18 – Two Kenyans have died in the United Kingdom after contracting coronavirus.

Kenya’s Ambassador to the UK, Manoah Esipisu, confirmed the two deaths on Saturday.

Esipisu sent his condolences to the families of the deceased saying Kenyan Mission in the United Kingdom is ready to offer information and consular support to those who need it.

As at Saturday the UK had recorded 108,692 COVID-19 infections with a total of 14,576 deaths.

In Kenya, infections rose to 262 on Saturday with 12 deaths and 60 recoveries.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with their families,” Esipisu stated in a condolence message tweeted through his official twitter handle.

The global pandemic has claimed 154,726 lives and infected  2,261,397 others globally.

However, 579,187 have recovered.

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“Our thoughts and prayers are with their families,” Esipisu tweeted Saturday.

Last week, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said two Kenyans were admitted to Intensive Care Unit in Sweden and Germany after contracting the virus with five others in the United States having died in March from complications related to coronavirus infections.

“We have on record about 5 Kenyans who have succumbed not necessarily to COVID 19 but, who had underlying causes which made them susceptible to COVID 19,” Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Amb. Kamau Macharia said.

The PS said foreign missions were supporting Kenyans in diaspora amid lockdowns that have affected thousands in most foreign cities.

“I would like to appeal to the diaspora abroad to continue to understand the situation and work closely with ambassadors abroad and our staff to allow them to give them the best possible assistance,” he said.

Macharia said missions have opened communication channels to aid any distracted Kenya citizens while ensuring pressing issues are addressed expeditiously.

“We have continued to remain engaged, our embassies are getting in touch wherever they are, all embassies’ staff are working from home, none is able to go to office, this has complicated the issue severely but it is something we are working on,” he noted.

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