418 more people test positive for coronavirus in Kenya, total at 13,771


418 more people test positive for coronavirus in Kenya, total at 13,771
Health CAS Rashid Aman during the Press briefing at Afya House, Nairobi on July 20, 2020

418 more people have tested positive for coronavirus in Kenya raising the country’s case load to 13,771.

Health CAS Rashid Aman said the latest positive cases were recorded from a sample size of 2,474.

“This figures should worry anyone… Some people do not believe the seriousness of this disease…. Let’s not behave like the doubting Thomas’s….We must adhere to the containment measures,” he said.

Dr. Aman also criticised leaders who have been found to be flouting COVID-19 containment measures.

This comes hours after Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja apologised from breaking the curfew rules.

In what was a change of tune from his tweet on Saturday denying the arrest, Sakaja also announced that he had resigned from the Senate’s COVID-19 committee.

He is expected to be arraigned in court on Tuesday following the incident at a bar in Kilimani, Nairobi which resulted in an altercation between the Senator and police officers who were on patrol.

According to Health CAS Aman, Nairobi and Mombasa continue to have the highest infection rate in the country and this should be enough evidence for Kenyans to adhere to the COVID-19 social distancing measures and curfew regulations.

He noted that virus community transmission has taken root in most counties with only three out of the 47 yet to report any cases: Baringo, West Pokot and Samburu.

The CAS however raised concern over social gatherings that pose a risk to Kenyans across the country.

“People are attending funerals people and gathering to eat…. It’s fodder for the spread of the virus,” the CAS warned.

Dr. Aman also cautioned Kenyans against stigmatising those with the disease saying COVID-19 doesn’t make any distinction on who to infect and doing so will only hamper the government’s efforts to fight coronavirus.

During the Press briefing on Monday, the Health CAS also revealed that four patients had succumbed to coronavirus raising the death toll to 238.

He said 494 patients have however been discharged with 460 of them now under home-based care.

 

 

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