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Health officials dressed in hazmat suits while handling the coffin bearing remains of a patient who succumbed to COVID-19 in May. The health ministry said health officials will no longer be dressed in full personal protective gear while conducting burial ceremonies of COVID-19 victims/FILE

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8 more people succumb to COVID-19 in Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 17- Eight more patients succumbed to COVID-19 in Kenya Monday, raising fatalities to 482.

Health Ministry’s Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Rashid Aman said 5 of the fatalities had underlying issues.

Dr Aman said 245 new infections were also detected since Sunday, raising the country’s caseload to 30,365.

For two consecutive days, Kenya has recorded relatively low cases, after weeks of more than 500 daily infections.

Dr Aman said the new cases were recorded from a sample of 3,150, tested across the country.

“I am happy to announce that we have also cleared 461 patients who were on home-based care and 43 others in hospitals after recovering from COVID-19,” Dr Aman said.

Dr Aman said the ministry was increasingly concerned at the high number of cases reported in Kiambu County which had recorded 2,228 cases by August 17.

“Over 29,000 cases in Kenya are communally spread which is equivalent to 98 percent of all cases. We need to be extra careful in adherence to measures, all Counties have COVID-19 cases now,” he said.

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To contain the pandemic, he said, Kenyans must continue to observe the Ministry of Health’s precautionary measures.

He also challenged health workers to also observe the World Health Organisation protocols when dealing with COVID-19 Patients to stay safe.

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