COVID-19: Cases rise to 1348 after 62 people test positive
Kenya has confirmed another 62 cases of the novel COVID-19 raising the number of confirmed cases in the country to 1348.
The 62 are part of the 2293 samples tested in the last 24 hours. Kenya has so far tested 64264 samples since the country reported its first case.
Of the new cases, 59 are Kenyans while three are foreign nationals. They are aged between 6 to 64 years old.
45 of the new cases are male while 17 are females.
Another three patients have also bee discharged bringing the number of recoveries to 405.
Speaking during the daily COVID-19 briefing Health CAS Rashid Aman said the country has made progress in the fight against the pandemic.
“In the past two and a half months of combating this pandemic, we have made good progress and due credit goes to our very able health care workers and all those coprates that have joined us in the fight. However this progress will be of no use if we do not continue to adhere to the set directives.” He said
The CAS further said that the ministry has noted that some people are giving false contacts during targeted testing further adding that some people fear the cost of treatment therefore avoiding the free targeted testing. Dr. Aman assured Kenyans that should they test positive from the targeted testing then the cost will be met by the government.
The new cases are from Nairobi (23), Mombasa (16), Kwale (8), Kiambu (6), Kajiado (6), and Kitui (3).
In Nairobi, the cases were recorded in Umoja (6), Kibra (6), Eastleigh (3), Dagoretti North (2), Lang’ata (2), Westlands (2), Starehe (1), Embakasi East (1).
Mombasa’s coronavirus cases were confirmed in Changamwe (9), Jomvu (3), Nyali (3), Mvita (1) while in Kwale; Msambweni (4), Lungalunga (4), and Kiambu; Lari (5), Ruiru (1).
Kitui’s cases were all from Miambani and Kajiado’s infections recorded in Kajiado Central sub-location.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus.
The disease causes respiratory illness, like the flu with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing.
To protect yourself, you are required to wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, and avoid close contact (i.e maintain a social distance of 1 meter or 3 feet) with people.
The national government has also asked Kenyans to put on face masks because this will keep you safe in case an infected person sneezes or coughs beside you. Ensure you put on a face mask whenever in public transport, supermarkets and open-air markets.