Cancer patients at higher risk of contracting COVID-19

Health workers at the Mbgathi District hospital wearing PPEs.

Patients with underlying conditions especially cancer are at higher risk of contracting Coronavirus, the government has warned.

In a press conference in Nairobi, cabinet administrative secretary Rashid Aman said that there is a need for patients suffering from cancer to take extra precautions so as to avert scenarios of contracting the disease.

“We have observed that individuals with underlying conditions are at high risk not only of contracting COVID 19 but also but death due to low of such condition is cancer,”Aman said.

Aman said that in the last 24 hours, in Mombasa 35 people tested positive for COVID 19 while 247 people tested positive countrywide; out of 4,147 samples tested bring to a total of those people who have tested positive to 7,188.

Mombasa cases were recorded as follows; Mvita 17, Likoni 6, Changamwe 4, Kisauni 3, Jomvu 3, and Nyali 2.

Other counties that were affected countrywide, include Nairobi with153, Kajiado 15, Busia 12.

In Lamu, there was one case which is from Lamu West.

The cumulative number of samples tested are 180,200.

Among the 247 people who tested positive 242 are Kenyans, five foreigners while 163 are males, and 83 are females.

In the age group, the youngest person who tested positive is one year old and the oldest is 100 years old.

Aman said that those who discharged are 39 bringing the total number of those discharged to 2,148.

Consequently, he indicated that two people lost their lives bringing a total of the people who have succumbed to 154.