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People who succumbed to Coronavirus, one year on

By The Frontier Post Reporter

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On this day March 13, 2020, the government confirmed the first case of coronavirus (COVID-19) sending shock waves to the nation.

The virus that transcends boundaries or race has been billed to be no respecter of persons, status, position or occupation as statistics continue to climb.

A year later, cases have surged yet again amid a new third wave that is fast spreading.

The deadly virus has so far claimed the lives of 1,901 people in the country with prominent personalities not spared either.

On Friday, July 10th 2020 Kenyans woke up to the news of the first Kenyan doctor to succumb to Covid-19.

According to Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Union (KMPDU) Doreen Adisa Lugaliki contracted the virus at her workplace.

And in the same month, the medical fraternity lost several nurses who contacted the virus in the line of duty.

In November 2020 the first casualty of pandemic was reported in the political sphere.

Matungu MP Justus Murunga succumbed on November 13 after developing breathing complications while being rushed to a local hospital in the region.

Barely a month later on December 11th, 2020 former cooperatives Minister Joe Nyagah died at the age of 72. Nyaga is said to have died while receiving treatment on Friday at the Nairobi Hospital.

The academia world was also not spared. Renowned sociologist and lecturer at the University of Nairobi Ken Ouko also died while receiving treatment.

Last year on December 27, former Kaloleni MP Gunga Mwinga also lost the fight at the age of 45 years old.

The disease would also strike the entertainment scene killing comedian Charles Bukeko popularly known as papa Shirandula.

By the close of the year 2020, Kenya had lost 13 doctors to the respiratory virus.

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