Diabetes, HIV, Cancers leading risk factors for Covid 19 deaths

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Ministry of Health Director General Patrick Amoth has named persons with diabetes, hypertension, HIV, Chronic lung disease and cancers as the people at an increased risk of mortality.

Diabetes is the highest accounting for 32 percent while HIV and cancers are the lowest at 10 percent and 5 percent each.

“We have worked out on guidelines to ensure that these people receive optimum services and their conditions are controlled, therefore reducing the risk of contracting Covid 19 leading to mortality,” said Amoth.

Meanwhile 637 people have tested positive for the new coronavirus, Ministry of Health CAS Rashid Aman has announced.

This now brings the total number of confirmed cases since the first case was reported in March to 14,805.

Among the 637 cases reported today, 14 are foreign nationals while the rest are Kenyans.

361 male cases were reported today while 276 are female aged between 1 and 88-years-old.

Aman has also announced 499 patients from various hospitals and the home based care system  who have also recovered from the deadly virus.

In Nairobi the 342 cases are distributed as follows: Westlands (32), Kamukunji (44), Langata (31), Embakasi South (26), Dagoretti North (24), Embakasi East (24), Kasarani (23), Embakasi West (19), Kibra (18), Makadara (17), Starehe (17), Ruaraka (14), Emabakasi Central 13), Embakasi North (11), Roysambu (11). Mathare (10) and Dagoretti South (8).

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