NAIROBI, Kenya Apr 3 – A six-year-old boy has succumbed to coronavirus in Kenya, raising the death toll to four, the government announced Friday.
The boy was admitted to the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) where he succumbed to the virus, but officials said he had a pre-existing condition.
“I am saddened to announce that we have lost a six-year-old boy,” Mercy Mwangangi, a Chief Administrative Secretary at the Ministry of Health told a media conference Friday, “he succumbed to coronavirus but he had a pre-existing condition.”
Mwangangi said the boy’s death was most likely caused by the “immunosuppression of the child.”
She said that of the 12 new cases of infections, 11 are Kenyans while one is a Somali national adding that 1,433 people have been tested to date.
617 others whom majority are quarantined were due to be tested on competition of the 14-day mandatory period.
The 12 have already been moved to various isolation centers in the country for treatment purposes with contact tracing underway.
“Nine of the confirmed cases were detected in the designated quarantine facilities while three are from suspected cases admitted in various isolation units,” she said.
Out of 1, 721 people who were under the government’s radar for monitoring purposes, 1, 073 have been discharged.
The government is currently tracing 648 contacts whom are being traced even as Mwangangi conceded that the number of infections in the country is set to rise.