COVID-19: Kenya records 143 new cases number rises to 1888
Kenya on Saturday recorded a total of 143 new Covid-19 cases raising the number of reported cases in the country to 1888.
The new cases are out of a cluster of 2959 samples tested in the last 24 hours. Kenya has so far tested a cumulative number of 76,962 samples since the first case was reported in the country.
All new cases are Kenyans aged between 1 month and 88 years of age. Out of the new cases 110 are male while 33 are female.
In terms of Geographical distribution Nairobi has 86, Mombasa 25, Uasin Gishu 11, Kiambu 6, Busia 3, Kwale 3, Migori 3, while Kajiado, Kisii, Garisa, Isiolo, Kericho and Makueni all have one case each. Kericho becomes the latest county to report a case raising the number of affected counties to 33.
In Nairobi, the cases are distributed as follows: Makadara (45), Kibera (21) Embakasi South (6), Kasarani (5), Ruaraka (3), Embakasi West (2), Langata (1), Starehe (1) and Westlands (2).
In Mombasa, the cases are distributed as follows: Likoni (11), Mvita (9), Nyali (2), Changamwe (1) and Jomvu (2).
In the last 24 hours Kenya has also discharged another 26 patients raising the number of recoveries to 464.
Speaking during the daily COVID-19 briefing at Afya house, health CAS Dr. Rashid Aman called on every Kenyan to keep observing the said directives to flatten the infection curve in the country.
“The situation on the ground suggests that a lot more needs to be done to flatten the infection curve and this needs to be done by all of us.” he said
Dr. Aman further called out the western leaders who ignited an uproar on social media for not observing social distancing guidelines during a meeting at COTU chairman Francis Atwoli’s Kajiado home.
“I want to call on leaders to lead by example. We cannot keep calling on Kenyans to wear mask while out in public among other directives while the so called leaders do not adhere to the same. Each and every one of us should carry ourselves in a manner that we assume that we are all infected.” he said
The number of fatalities also shot to 64 after a 59 year old male patient succumbed to the disease.
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.