Did the Man Who Died in a Public Service Vehicle in Kenya Succumb to COVID-19?

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A video circulating on Twitter claims to show a man who allegedly succumbed to COVID-19 while travelling by a public service vehicle.

The video shows a man being carried out of a 14-seater public service vehicle, into a COVID-19 dead body bag.

Background

The incident took place along Mombasa Road in Nairobi County on November 24. This is amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in the country.

Kenyan health workers have especially fallen victim to the virus. According to a statement from the Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU), at least 30 healthcare workers have succumbed to COVID-19. The statement that was issued on November 15 also served as a strike notice. In the notice, the healthcare workers decried the deplorable state of healthcare facilities and conditions. They demanded the provision of quality personal protection equipment (PPEs), comprehensive medical covers, the employment of 2,000 doctors, enhanced risk allowances, designated healthcare facilities for healthcare workers and the constitution of a Health Service Commission. KMPDU members gave the government until December 6 to meet the requirements, lest the healthcare workers go on strike.

As of November 26, 1427 Kenyans had succumbed to COVID-19 and a total of 80,102 cases had been reported.

Verification

COVID-19 test results of the man who died in the public service vehicle were revealed in a report published by Nation. According to the report, the man who was identified as Leonard Odhiambo tested negative for COVID-19. The Deputy Superintendent at City Mortuary, Patrick Mbugua, told Nation that Leonard’s death is suspected to have been caused by blood pressure issues.

Verdict

Claims that the man who died in a public service vehicle in Nairobi had succumbed to COVID-19 are FALSE.

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