Health CS Mutahi Kagwe was on Monday August 10 forced to abandon a chopper which he was using while on official duty in Kericho county.
Kagwe who boarded the chopper at the Kericho Golf club had to alight after several attempts by the pilot to ignite it in vain.
The 5Y-PKI was to fly Kagwe and Health director general Patrick Amoth back to Nairobi.
However, it failed to take off after developing mechanical problems.
The CS was later forced to use his official car to Nairobi.
Kagwe had toured Kericho sub county to assess the level of COVID-19 preparedness.
He begun by visiting Kericho Sub-County hospital ICU and isolation units then heading to the Waltereed Laboratory where COVID-19 samples were being tested.
Kagwe who was accompanied by Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony and several Ministry of Health Officials later briefed the nation on the state of coronavirus in the country.
CS Kagwe had earlier announced 492 new cases of the coronavirus.
The new cases which include 488 Kenyans and 14 foreigners push the total caseload in the country to 26,928. They were tested from 4,063 samples.
The cases are distributed across the country as follows: Nairobi (357), Garissa, (52), Kiambu (37), Kajiado (14), Busia (5), and Baringo (5).
During his address, Kagwe also revealed that 14 health workers had succumbed to COVID-19.
This is out of the 423 overall deaths recorded in the country since the onset of the pandemic in March.
At least 768 medics have tested positive for the virus as of August 10. From the total infections, 363 are female health workers while 405 are male.
Kagwe added that the death rate among health care workers has risen to 1.8 per cent from 1.6.
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