Covid-19 Numbers draw closer to 9000 after 447 test positive
Kenya on Thursday recorded the highest number of Covid-19 cases in 24 hours after 447 people tested positive. The total number of confirmed cases in the country now stands at 8975.
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said that the new cases are from a cluster of 3803 samples tested in the last 24 hours. Kenya has so far tested a total of 200,311 samples.
The CS further reiterated the need for men to be more cautious saying that the number of male testing positive still remains higher than that of women.
“Men are still much much more affected that women with the current number showing 280 of the new cases are male while 167 are female. The youngest is a one year old while the oldest is 88 years.” he said
64 more patients have also been discharged from various facilities raising the total number of recoveries to 2657
On a sad note four more patients succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours bringing to 173 the total number of fatalities in the country.
The CS who was on a tour of the Coast General Hospital also added that the ministry is currently on the county preparedness to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Since we opened the country by de-escalating cessation of movement, we have amplified our focus on county preparedness. Mombasa County is setting the bar” CS Kagwe said
He added that counties that have not attained the 300 bed capacity need to ensure that they do so adding that bed capacity alone is not enough.
“County preparedness is critical to not only the pandemic but ensuring our country stays open. Counties that have not attained 300 bed capacity on the minimum, need to do so for the sake of their residents. Bed alone is not enough counties need increase health workers” 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.