Kenya confirms 137 new coronavirus cases, 32 recoveries, 3 deaths


Kenya confirms 137 new coronavirus cases, 32 recoveries, 3 deaths
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe in a press briefing on June 14, 2020 in Nyeri. PHOTO| COURTESY

The number of COVID-19 infections in Kenya has risen to 3,594 after 137 more cases were confirmed on Sunday.

In a press briefing from Othaya, Nyeri County, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said the new cases were recorded following the testing of 3,167 samples.

The 137 positive cases are distributed in counties as follows; Nairobi (92), Mombasa (16), Kajiado (15), Busia and Kiambu, four cases each, Kilifi, Nakuru, Nyamira, Uasin Gishu, Siaya and Muranga, have one case each.

At the same time, 32 patients have been discharged from various hospitals, bringing the tally of recoveries to 1,253.

Three more patients have succumbed to the coronavirus disease, raising the total number of fatalities in the country to 103.

In Nairobi, the 92 cases are from; Mathare, 25, Embakasi East (10), Kibra, and Westlands, nine cases each, Langata (8), Ruaraka (6), Dagoretti North (5), Embakasi South, Kasarani and Makadara, four cases each, Embakasi West, and Kamukunji three cases each, Roysambu and Starehe, one (1) case each.

In Mombasa, the 16 cases are from Kisauni (6),
Changamwe, and Mvita, three cases each, Nyali, and Likoni, two cases each.

In Kajiado 15 cases are from Loitokitok (7), Kajiado Central (6),and Kajiado East and Kajiado North, one case each.

All the four cases from Busia are of truck drivers from Malaba.

Kiambu has four cases from Kiambaa and Kiambu North with two cases each.

So far the country has tested a total of 115,336 samples.

Meanwhile, the Health CS has urged people with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) to follow medical advice and observe containment measures saying they are at a higher risk of contracting the novel coronavirus.

The CS termed NCDs as a major concern which contributes to one in every three deaths and is projected to rise in the country.

“NCDs have the potential of driving a household into poverty, and can reduce family incomes by 30%,” he said.

The World Health Organization (WHO) last year said NCDs kill 41 million people each year, translating to 71% of all deaths globally.

“The main types of NCDs are cardiovascular diseases (like heart attacks and stroke), cancers, chronic respiratory diseases (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma) and diabetes,” it stated.

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