Kenyan with underlying condition dies of coronavirus in Saudi Arabia

Kenyan Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Peter Ogego. [Photo courtesy]

A Kenyan who had an underlying condition before the outbreak of coronavirus has died in Saudi Arabia after contracting the virus.

Kenya’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Peter Ogego according to a Kenyan and an Advisor to Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) Mohamed Weliye informed Kenyans of the death and asked them to follow all measures set to fight the virus in the Arab nation.

“Ambassador Ogego has informed us this afternoon we lost one Kenyan, with an underlying medical condition to Covid-19. Notably, this is the first such case for Kenyans in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” Weliye stated.

Ogego said the Kenyan Embassy in Saudi has temporarily shut down its operations which is in line with the country’s measures to tame the further spread of the virus.

He said that all staff at the embassy are currently working remotely and are on call when need be.

So far, 13r people have died of coronavirus in Saudi Arabia with the number of new infections stand at 17,522. The recovered cases are 2,357.

A total of nine Kenyans in the diaspora have died of coronavirus. A week ago, two Kenyans living in the United Kingdom passed on while six have died in the US.

In Kenya, total confirmed cases stand at 355 with the government raising a red flag that the number could continue rising exponentially over the next few weeks.

The Ministry of Health has urged Kenyans to practice social distance, proper hand hygiene, wearing of face masks and staying at home to control the spread of the virus.