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Mexico has recorded more than 30,000 deaths from its coronavirus outbreak, as the disease continues to ravage one of Latin America’s worst-hit countries.

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The health ministry said deaths rose by 523 on Saturday, pushing the total to 30,366.

The country now has the world’s fifth-highest Covid-19 toll, passing France, where more than 29,000 have died.

A daily record of 6,914 new infections was recorded in Mexico, bringing the total to 252,165, officials said.

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However, the true number of fatalities and infections is thought to be much higher because of insufficient testing.

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Mexico has Latin America’s second-highest death toll after Brazil, which has recorded 64,000 fatalities and more than 1.5 million infections to date, according to Johns Hopkins University, which is tracking the disease globally.

Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is eager to restart the country’s flagging economy. His government announced a phased plan to lift restrictions in May.

In Mexico City, the capital, hundreds of thousands of factory workers returned to their jobs in mid-June.

Some non-essential businesses were then allowed to reopen at the start of July in the city, the epicentre of the country’s epidemic.

But on Friday, Mexico’s Deputy Health Minister, Hugo Lopez-Gatell, said coronavirus deaths could rise if the country opens up its economy too soon.

“As we’re in an active epidemic, the risk is that as we try to reopen social activities… we may have more infections and the transmission could be maintained or increase,” the minister told a news conference.

Critics say Mr Obrado was slow to impose the lockdown measures and now has been too quick to lift them.

Most of the Mexican economy was stopped from 23 March, but some industries that were declared key to the functioning of the nation were exempt from the restrictions.

On Saturday, authorities in Mexico City imposed a two-day suspension of non-essential business in parts of the capital, after shoppers flocked to the high street.

Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said the suspension would give authorities time to review the reopening strategy.

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COVID-19 spreads to 44 counties in Kenya » Capital News

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NAIROBI, Kenya July 18 – Tana River is the latest county to record a COVID-19 case, raising the number of counties with the virus to 44.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the rising trend is worrying especially after Kenya hit another record high of 688 new infections on Saturday.

This raises the country’s case load to 12, 750.

“What these numbers tell us is that the virus has really spread into the communities because most of these people are still in Nairobi but additionally, we are now seeing new counties getting it,” he said.

Kenya has been recording high infections since July 6 when President Uhuru Kenyatta lifted travel restriction that affected Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera.

A nigh curfew is still in force countrywide, until August 6 when the president will issue new directions. Bars and large gatherings are also restricted.

Kagwe said the success of fighting the virus can only be achieved if Kenyans work together and take personal responsibility.

“The success of our efforts as a county in combating the pandemic depends on the collaboration corporation of all Kenyans,” he said, during a tour Embu County.

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He also urged counties which have not complied with the directive to have at least 300 isolation beds hasten the process.

On Saturday, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe unveiled a new slogan ‘Save Me I Save You’ in the war against COVID-19.

He said the new slogan is aimed at making each person wary of the person next to them. “We must protect each other.”

“When I protect you, you protect me,” Kagwe said Saturday, during a briefing on COVID-19 from Embu County.

“When the person next to you is keeping distance, he or she is protecting you, you are also protecting that person by keeping the same distance,” he said and warned that COVID-19 cases are spreading fast at the community level.

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President Uhuru condoles the family of departed actor Papa Shirandula

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Messages of condolences continue to flow following the demise of actor and comedian Charles Bukeko commonly known by his stage name ‘Papa Shirandula.’

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According to the family, Bukeko passed on Saturday morning after collapsing at the Karen hospital car park a week after he had tested positive of corona virus.

The comedian only returned to Nairobi from his rural home last Sunday and had to be taken for a checkup at Karen Hospital on Monday after developing breathing problems.

After testing positive, Bukeko was placed under the home care program and was well until Saturday morning when he developed complications and was rushed to the hospital where he died.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta condoled the family saying, “as a thespian he was a gifted storyteller whose contribution to the development of Kenya’s entertainment sector will be cherished forever.”

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Deputy President William Ruto on the other hand said he was heartbroken by the, “passing of versatile television star Charles Bukeko ‘Papa Shirandula’.   Bukeko was a towering, talented and skilful actor. His electrifying and distinctive performances will continue to enlighten and inspire many generations.”

He said Kenyans will miss his rich contribution on and off the stage and encouraged his family to remain string saying they are in his thoughts and prayers.

Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka said he was saddened by the demise of Charles Bukeko a.k.a Papa Shirandula, terming him a talented actor adding that his death is a great loss to the entertainment industry.

Royal Media Services where Bukeko was a household name also sent their condolences with group MD Wachira Waruru saying he had received the news of his passing with shock and disbelief.

“Bukeko, who was known to many simply as Papa Shirandula, was a towering thespian who was loved in every corner of the country. He endeared himself to TV audiences with his natural sense of humour and effortless depiction of typical Kenyan lifestyles. Papa, as he was fondly known within the Royal Media fraternity, represented a pioneering group of kenyan actors who immensely contributed to the growth and success of local productions.” He said.

Waruru said he was honoured to have worked closely with Bukeko in the creation of the Papa Shirandula series that immediately gained wide acceptance across the country. “His passing is therefore, a big loss not only to the Royal media family and kenya’s acting fraternity but also to the country as a whole.”

He said Bukeko’s legacy and contribution to Kenya’s TV industry will continue to impact many generations to come.

 

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Muguka partakers breaking COVID 19 guidelines

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Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has emphasized on the need for individual responsibility in the fight against COVID 19 saying the numbers are alarmingly high.

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Kagwe spoke in Embu County where he was on an inspection tour on the County preparedness in combating COVID 19.

Kagwe also appealed to partakers of Muguka a cash crop grown in the County to strictly embrace individual responsibility and protect their families from the virus.

The CS said an estimated 50% of the youth in the County use the stimulant and while doing so abandons all rules on social distancing.

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He even introduced a new slogan, “you save me I save you,” which is meant to stress the importance of protecting one another from the virus.

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Kagwe said the Government will continue to support County Governments saying Embu has already received Ksh 48.5m for payment of allowances for frontline healthcare workers.

92 healthcare workers have also been recruited in the County while the Government has also installed radiology machines, ICU, renal and theatre equipment in both the level 4 and 5 hospitals in the County.

The County has received a further disbursement of a consignment of personal protective equipment.

Kagwe said he was impressed by the level of preparedness in the Counties he has visited, lauding Embu County Government as well as the residents for adhering to the laid down guidelines on COVID 19.

Embu has recorded 2 positive cases only although a further 24 persons are in quarantine after coming into contact with persons who were positive.

The County has established a 404 bed capacity ward for COVID 19 which has 18 ICU beds.  The County however requires additional equipment such as ventilators, patients’ monitors, among others.

 

 

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