Kipchumba Murkomen, Cabinet Secretary for Transport and Roads, said: “It’s really painful to read because we’re losing people; in one year we’ve lost more people to accidents than we’ve lost in the whole of Covid-19, it’s very painful .”
Murkoman made the remarks at a government briefing on Tuesday, as Kenyans traveled to the interior to spend Christmas with their families.
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According to CS, more people die in the country from road accidents in one year than from Covid-19 infection in the last three years.
CS shared the latest statistics from the Road Safety Report issued by the National Transportation and Safety Administration (NTSA), showing that 4,449 people died in road crashes between January and December 15, 2022, compared to 4,285 during the same period last year people.
However, CS Murkomen’s statements contradict reality.
According to the Ministry of Health’s updated data on Covid-19 for December 19, 2022, the cumulative death toll is 5,688.
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Additionally, 36 patients are currently admitted to healthcare facilities across the country, while 218 patients are under home isolation and care programmes, the Ministry of Health said. One patient is receiving supplemental oxygen and is in a general ward.
This means that the Chief Secretary for Administration has misled the public in his speech.
At present, the new crown virus is still a deadly virus, and some countries still have deaths recorded.
On Monday, Chinese health authorities announced two deaths from Covid-19 in the Beijing capital.
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Since Covid-19 was reported in the country in March 2020, 342,347 positive cases have been confirmed and 3,953,488 cases have been tested.
A total of 336,405 people have recovered from the virus, including 282,709 from home care and isolation programs and 53,696 from various medical facilities.
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