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Kenya records first COVID-19 death NTVNews

Thursday March 26, 2020

A staff member of Kenya's Ministry of Health sprays disinfectant at the city market to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus 

Kenya has recorded its first COVID-19 death. The death is of a 66-year-old man who died of the disease at the AgaKhan Hospital intensive care unit.

He arrived in Kenya on 13th march 2020. The gentleman was already suffering from diabetes.

Earlier, Kenya confirmed three more cases of coronavirus, raising the national tally to 31.

In a briefing, Health Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi the latest cases are all Kenyans and close contacts of previous reported cases.

Dr Mwangangi said 906 persons have been traced and are being monitored and that 18 of them 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.

President Uhuru Kenyatta unveiled double-edged measures giving the economy, businesses and consumers various percentages of tax relief.

At the same time, he took away the freedom to move at night with an indefinite 7pm to 5am curfew.

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 Sh24,000 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.