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Fact Check: Road accidents deaths haven’t surpassed Covid-19 fatalities

Transport and Roads Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen said, “This is really very painful to read, to see how we are losing people; in one year, we have lost the number of people more than the ones we lost in the entire period of Covid-19 through accidents and this is very painful.”

Murkomen made these utterances on Tuesday during the government’s briefings as Kenyans travel upcountry to join their families for the Christmas festivals.

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According to the CS, road accidents in the country have killed more people in one year than Covid-19 infections did in almost three years.

The CS shared the latest statistics from the Road Safety report released by National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), showing that 4,449 people died from road crashes between January and December 15, 2022, compared to 4,285 fatalities recorded during the same period last year.

However, CS Murkomen’s remarks contradict the reality.

According to the Ministry of Health figures dated December 19, 2022, on the updates of Covid-19, the cumulative fatalities stand at 5,688.

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Also, the Ministry of Health says that 36 patients are currently admitted to health facilities across the country, while 218 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program. One patient is on supplemental oxygen and is in the general ward.

This means that the CS misinformed the public during the address.

As it stands, Covid remains a deadly virus, and some countries still record deaths.

On Monday, Chinese health authorities announced two Covid-19 deaths 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, with a cumulative test of 3,953,488.

A total of 336,405 people have recovered from the virus, of whom 282,709 are from the Home Based Care and Isolation program, while 53,696 are from various health facilities.

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