COVID-19: Kenya records 21 new cases, number rises to 758
Kenya has recorded 21 new cases of the novel COVID-19 bringing the total number of reported cases in the country to 758.
The 21 are part of the 1486 samples tested in the last 24 hours.
Speaking during the daily COVID-19 briefing, Health CAS, Dr Mercy Mwangangi said that all the 21 are Kenyans.
The new cases are aged between 7 years old and 79 years of age.
Of the new patients, 14 are males while seven are females.
The CAS further revealed that four of the new cases are truck drivers who were tested at the Namanga border.
Dr. Mwangangi asked Kenyans to keep observing the set directives and asked Kenyans to report those who are not keen on the directives through the Nyumba kumi initiative.
“We must adhere to containment measures. We are aware of those using unscrupulous ways to go against these directives and I must ask that we use our Nyumba kumi initiatives to report such cases.” she said
The 21 cases are from Mombasa (12), Kajiado (4), Nairobi (4) and Uasin Gishu (1)
The cases from Nairobi country are from Eastleigh and Kibra with two cases each.
In Mombasa, the cases are spread out in the estates as follows: Likoni (5), Mvita (4), Jomvu (2) and Nyali (1).
The government has now tested a total of 36, 918 samples since the index case on March 13.
The country has also recorded two more deaths from the disease raising the total number of fatalities in the country to 42.
At the same time, three more patients were discharged after recovering from the disease, raising the number of recoveries in the country to 284.
From the 1486 samples tested in the last 24 hours, 8 track drivers also tested positive and were denied entry into the country. Seven of these cases were from the Namanga border while one is from the Isibania border in Migori County.
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.