Coronavirus cases in Kenya rise to 1,618 as 147 more patients test positive


Coronavirus cases in Kenya rise to 1,618 as 147 more patients test positive
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe addresses the press in Kiambu on May 28, 2020.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe on Thursday announced that the total number of COVID-19 infections in Kenya rose to 1,618 after 147 new cases were confirmed.

CS Kagwe, addressing the press during a tour of Kiambu County health facilities, said 2,831 samples were tested in the last 24 hours.

All 147 new cases are Kenyans between the ages of 1-87 years, with 87 of them being males and the remaining 60 are females.

The infections are spread across at least 11 counties with Nairobi leading by 90 cases, followed by Mombasa with 41 and Kiambu with 3 cases.

Nyeri and Uasin Gishu counties recorded 2 cases each while Kajiado, Kilifi, Embu, Homa Bay, Murang’a and Machakos counties also confirmed new infections.

Nairobi’s cases were recorded in Kibra (35), Lang’ata (15), Makadara (9), Westlands (8), Embakasi Central (6), Embakasi West (5), Kamukunji (2), Mathare (1) as well as other areas.

CS Kagwe also revealed that 13 more patients were discharged in the last 24 hours hence bringing the total number of recoveries to 421.

Three other patients however died – 1 in Thika, Kiambu County, and 2 in Mombasa – taking the tally of coronavirus deaths to 58.

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