COVID-19: Kenya records 52 new cases number rises to 1161
Kenya has recorded a total of 52 new COVID-19 cases raising the number of reported cases in the country to 1161.
The 52 are part of the 2567 samples tested in the last 24 hours. The country has so far tested a total of 55074 samplessince the first case was recorded in the country.
Speaking during the daily COVID-19 briefing, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said that 23 of the new cases are from Nairobi, 7 from Mombasa and 7 from Busia.
Kibera has also recorded 8 cases while Mombasa’s Jomvu and Mvita area still remain areas of concern.
CS Kagwe said that the Government is however very concerned at number of people dying at home for fear of visiting health facilities.
In the last 24 hours,5 more patients have also been discharged, raising the total number of recoveries 380. The fatalities still stand at 50.
The government has also directed that all cargo drivers test for COVID-19 hours earlier before traveling.
“Any cargo driver leaving any area must be tested earlier.You cannot travel to be tested at the border point when you don’t know your status. For you to protect others get tested early enough or avoid driving to destinations when you don’t know whether you are positive or negative.” he said
CS Kagwe further revealed that the government has managed to train health workers in the proper handling of COVID-19 patients.
“0ver 11 thousand health care workers have gone through COVID-19 training so far” he added
Kenya will also no longer import Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) as the local manufacturers begin local production.
” The country will no longer import PPEs.Our industry is now able to make better PPEs locally. The government will also recruit 5,000 community health workers to help fight the disease.” he added
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.