Former Star Newspaper Coast based reporter Ernest Cornel has contracted Covid-19.
His results came in Thursday evening, two days after he took the test at The Mombasa Hospital.
Cornel fell sick about a week ago and isolated himself, out of precaution.
But his health started failing on Monday.
Mr. Cornel complained of dizziness, severe headache, and sometimes was short of breath, according to a close family friend.
Jambo News Network understands that this week alone, Cornel was twice rushed to the hospital in the middle of the night when his condition worsened.
All this time, doctors did not know he was a Covid-19 victim, though they suspected and urged him to test and keep isolating.
The journalist continued isolating but he did not show improvement, necessitating a Covid-19 test, which he took on Tuesday morning.
Through we tried reaching Cornel for comment. Cornel, known for speaking less, said: “I’ll be fine.”
Cornel’s job at Human rights lobby Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI), where he works as the Communications, monitoring and evaluation officer, as well as a rapid response officer, puts him on the frontline in the battle against Coronavirus.
He’s covered police violence meted out on civilians during the enforcement of Covid-19 rules.
It is not clear where Cornel might have contracted the virus, but it is most likely that he got it while on duty, as his job involves in-person contacts.
Cornel, a former online and newspaper reporter at The Star and Radio Africa Group left the newsroom mid last year when he joined MUHURI.
At the newsroom, Mr. Cornel covered politics, social and human rights.