A Kenyan man who returned to the country on Friday and exhibited coronavirus-like symptoms has died, according to reports.
The 56-year-old man of Asian descent was admitted to a private hospital in Nairobi after showing symptoms similar to those of the deadly virus, Citizen TV reports.
The patient is said to have experienced a surge in body temperature and breathing difficulties and was rushed to the hospital, where he died at the facility’s ICU ward.
Officials from the Ministry of Health reportedly collected samples from the man’s body for testing to ascertain what he was ailing from.
On Friday, the government opened an isolation facility at Mbagathi Hospital in Nairobi, where suspected coronavirus patients will be quarantined and treated if diagnosed.
No case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Kenya but a number of countries in sub-Saharan Africa including Nigeria, South Africa, Senegal, Cameroon and Togo have recorded a case each.