Kenya has reported 74 new COVID-19 Cases in the last 24 hours. This brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Kenya to 1,962.
Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Dr Rashid Aman reported that 1574 people had been tested in the last 24 hours. 14 people were discharged from various hospitals after full recovery, bringing the number of recoveries to 478.
Nairobi reported the highest number of new cases at 35 new cases followed by Mombasa which reported 23 new cases. Other counties with new cases include Busia (6), Kiambu (2), Kwale (2), Kajiado (2), Uasin Gishu (2), Kilifi (1), Laikipia (1) and Taita Taveta (1).
The number of deaths from COVID-19 rose to 64 after one patient from Kayole succumbed to the virus.
When asked about the rising cases of infections in Kibra, the CAS said that they are actively following up on how the virus is spreading in the area and would determine if more measures need to be taken in the area.
Dr Aman also announced that the world was marking World No Tobacco Day. He warned the public, especially the youth, from using tobacco and nicotine which he said is addictive and is a big risk factor for non-communicable diseases and respiratory diseases and some types of cancer.
“In addition, smokers are more vulnerable to severe forms of Covid-19 disease. Every year, over 8 million people die from tobacco and nicotice use or abuse” he added.
Here is an extract of the press briefing.