Kericho deputy governor Susan Kikwai has died.
Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony has said that his deputy succumbed to Covid-19 at Siloam Hospital, Kericho.
“Our deputy governor tested positive of Covid-19 and succumbed to the virus this morning.
“I urge Kenyans not to lower their guard, the disease is real. Let us take the containment measures set by the government seriously,” Chepkwony said, adding that funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.
Reports indicate that the deceased was in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for a while.
On Friday Kenya registered the highest number of fatalities in a single day. 28 patients succumbed to the virus which has so far killed 1,982 locally.
Health CAS Dr Mercy Mwangangi yesterday warned of the return of stringent containment measures as the third wave sweeps across the country.
In her live address, Dr Mwangangi said the number of patients in need of critical care had been increasing in recent days.
“By yesterday (Thursday), the number of patients admitted to our various Intensive Care Units (ICU) was 114.
“Today (Friday), the number has shot up to 123. Many of these are on supplemental oxygen. In fact, 148 of them are on oxygen support,” she said.
The third wave has had devastating effects with families losing more than one member.
Take for example, Dr Patricia Wawira Njuki, died at Nairobi Hospital on March 13, just a day after her mother, Catherine Ngungi Njuki, passed away.
The media fraternity this week alone lost two members following the deaths of RMS journalist Robin Njogu and ex-NTV news anchor Winnie Mukami.
Kenya has so far registered 118,889 infections and 89,388 recoveries since the first case of Covid-19 was announced back in March 2020.