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Amref Health Africa denies projecting 800,000 COVID-19 deaths

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 14 – Amref Health Africa has refuted reports that indicated it conducted a study indicating more than 800,000 Kenyans could die of COVID-19.

Amref Health Africa Tuesday denied undertaking such a study, terming remarks by the organization’s regional director Joachim Osur as personal opinion.

Further they said any communication regarding COVID-19 will be relayed by the Group CEO, Githinji Gitahi.

“We would like to reassure the public that no such study was undertaken by Amref Health Africa. The article was published as a personal opinion and perspective by Prof Joachim Osur,” a statement from Amref Health Africa read.

Osur was quoted by a local publication saying between 800,000 and 2 million Kenyans could die from the novel coronavirus should the country get into a full blown epidemic.

He said most of the victims will be those aged above 65 as well as individuals suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, respiratory disorders, cancer and HIV/AIDS.

As at Tuesday April 14, 2020 Kenya has 216 confirmed cases of coronavirus, 41 recoveries and 9 deaths.

The Ministry of Health said most patients present with mild symptoms.

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Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has however warned Kenyans of a “dire situation” if they don’t adhere to guidelines issued by the health ministry which are aimed at containing the spread of the virus.

The CS noted that community infections are on the rise,  hence the uncertainty on how long it could take to flatten the curve of infections.

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