Kenya’s Ministry of Health, through Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi, has announced that 72 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24hours. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 1,286.
Speaking at Afya House, Nairobi, the Health CAS said that a total of 2,711 samples were tested. The new positive cases’ ages range between 12 years and 78 years with 44 being male and 28 female.
Nairobi County has the highest number of new confirmed cases, reporting 52 cases while Mombasa reported 11 new cases. Kiambu county reported 7 new cases. Isiolo and Turkana counties reported 1 case each.
One person died bringing the total reported deaths to 52 while nine people were discharged after fully recovering bringing the total number of those who recovered to 402.
So far, 29 counties have reported confirmed cases of COVID-19 with some being as a result of truant Kenyans disobeying the Cessation of movement orders in five counties by the government and ending up testing positive in other counties.
Dr. Amoth said that 34 Kenyan health workers have tested positive for the coronavirus, but added that not all of them contracted the virus in the line of duty.
CAS Mwangangi reported that the country’s testing capacity has increased over time, from an initial 2 testing labs at the beginning to the current 20 COVID-19 testing labs in Kenya. Also, every county in Kenya has isolation facilities, with a countrywide total bed capacity of almost 5,000.