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A Kenyan health worker uses a nasal swab to test a man for COVID-19 in the Kawangware slums of the capital, Nairobi.(Luis Tato / AFP/Getty Images)

Kenyan men badly hit by Covid-19

June 16, 2020

By Samuel Ouma

A Kenyan health worker uses a nasal swab to test a man for COVID-19 in the Kawangware slums of the capital, Nairobi.(Luis Tato / AFP/Getty Images)
A Kenyan health worker uses a nasal swab to test a man for COVID-19 in the Kawangware slums of the capital, Nairobi.(Luis Tato / AFP/Getty Images)

The number of men infected with the Coronavirus in Kenya is higher than that of women, said the Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe.

Kagwe attributed the soaring cases to the shifting behaviours between the two genders with men alleged to be lacking vigilance.

“We need to understand why so many men are getting this virus. If we were able to drop the number of men to the level of number of women you can see we’d drop the numbers substantially. I think it is to do with behaviour. Women essentially are exhibiting a more careful and consistent approach to this disease than men. We as men must adopt the same attitude,” noted the Minister.

Speaking during the daily press brief on Covid-19, Kagwe announced that in the last 24 hours 133 new people contracted the new virus out of 3,255 samples analyzed.

Of the 133, eighty eight (88) were males and 45 females aged between 13 and 90 years-old.

The new infections were reported in the following areas: Nairobi (86), Mombasa (27), Kiambu (7), Busia (5), Kilifi (2), Kajiado (2), Migori (2), Machakos (1).

The number of recoveries rose to 1,326 after 40 more patients were discharged across the country.

On sad note, one patient succumbed to the respiratory disease bringing the death toll to 105.

Up-to-date Kenya has tested 121, 956 samples.

The African nation confirmed the first case of Covid-19 on March 13, 2020.

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