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COVID-19; Kenya Runs Out Of ICU Beds As Cases Rise

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The Kenya doctors union has disclosed that hospitals have run out of ICU beds as the country deals with a surge in Covid-19 cases.

It was disclosed that healthcare workers were among those admitted at various hospitals across the country, Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) said in a statement.

Several doctors have also taken to social media to share their experiences, describing heart-breaking scenes they are witnessing in hospitals across the country.

Kenya’s Director-General for Health, Patrick Amoth, during a media briefing on Tuesday stated that a national study had found the presence of coronavirus variants first detected in South Africa and the UK.

“Most [cases] of the South African variant have been picked from our border with Tanzania, especially in people with a history of travel from Tanzania,” Dr Amoth said.

Recent study disclosed that Kenya has about 537 ICU beds and just under 300 ventilators.

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