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AFRICA: More Kenyan frontline health workers test positive for COVID-19

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More than 71 frontline medical workers have tested positive for COVID-19 in Kenya in the past one week, bringing the total tally to 257 since the outbreak of the disease in March.

NAIROBI, July 9 (Xinhua) — At least 71 more frontline medical workers have tested positive for COVID-19 in Kenya in the past one week, bringing the total tally to 257 since the outbreak of the disease in March, the country’s health ministry said on Wednesday.

Health secretary Mutahi Kagwe said that the rise in numbers shows the vulnerability of the workers due to the nature of their work.

A week ago, the number stood at 186, according to the Ministry of Health.

“We will ensure that all health workers are protected by providing the necessary protective equipment because they are our frontline defenders,” he said, adding that working in the health sector at this time of the pandemic shows a higher calling.

Kagwe further announced that some 278 people from 3,058 samples had tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, raising the east African nation’s total caseload to 8,528.

Some 89 more patients were discharged from hospitals during the period, raising the tally to 2,593 as fatalities hit 169 after two more patients died.

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