At least 18 Kenyans have died of Covid-19 abroad, Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Amb. Macharia Kamau has said.
Macharia, who spoke during an interview with a local radio station on Tuesday, April 28th, said a majority of the deaths were reported in the United States.
The US is the most affected country in the world with 1,010,507 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 56,803 fatalities as of Tuesday, April 28th. Other deaths involving Kenyans have been reported in the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia.
PS Macharia added that one Kenyan is admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) in a Sweden hospital in critical condition.
Families whose kin die abroad have been advised to bury them there but those insisting on bringing their bodies back to Kenya must do so at their own cost.
“Families willing to bring home the bodies of their relatives will have to bear the costs or allow them to be cremated in a foreign land,” said Macharia.
The number of Kenyans who have succumbed to Covid-19 abroad is slightly higher than the number of fatalities in the country.
As of Monday, April 27th, there were 363 confirmed cases of the bug in Kenya, 13 fatalities, and 114 recoveries.