Kenya records highest number of COVID-19 cases at 260


Kenya records highest number of COVID-19 cases at 260
Health CS Mutahi addressing the media on the COVID-19 situation in the country on June 7, 2020. PHOTO| CITIZEN DIGITAL

Kenya has recorded its highest number of COVID-19 cases after 260 more people tested positive for the disease.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said Sunday marks the 100th day since the coronavirus pandemic hit the country which now has a total of 4,738 cases.

“It is evident that COVID-19 will be with us longer and it will stretch our healthcare system, it is our personal responsibility to ensure we observe the containment measures to fight the disease,” he said.

254 of the new cases are Kenyans and six are foreigners with the latest figures reported from 3,651 samples that were tested in the last 24 hours.

Total cumulative samples tested now stands at 140,012.

The youngest patient is 7months old while the oldest is 90 years old.

Nairobi leads with 157 new cases while Mombasa has 42, Kwale 15, Kiambu 14, Machakos 9, Kajiado 7, Migori 3, Nakuru 3, Busia 3, Homabay 2, Kilifi 1, Kisii 1, Kisumu 1, Kakamega 1 and Laikipia 1.

Two more people succumbed to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours raising the death toll to 123.

21 people have however been discharged with total number of recoveries from coronavirus now at 1,607.

According to CS Kagwe, by next week, each county will have at least 300 isolation bed capacity.

“Our systems are now much better, but we are still learning. COVID-19 has badly impacted our economy including loss of jobs. But the government has made much effort to contain it,” he said.

The CS also noted that COVID-19 has affected people’s mental health citing measures such as staying at home, maintaining social distance including isolation which have caused anxiety.

“But we have seen change especially in behavior such as increased hand hygiene,” he said as he reitrated that that the guidelines serve to reduce risk of contracting the disease.

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