Kenya records 389 new COVID-19 cases, 5 more deaths


Kenya records 389 new COVID-19 cases, 5 more deaths
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during a past press briefing. PHOTO| COURTESY

Kenya has confirmed 389 new COVID-19 cases marking a new high in the number of infections recorded since the outbreak of the disease in the country.

In a statement to newsrooms on Saturday, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said the new cases, which now bring the total number of infections in the country to 7,577, were confirmed after testing of 4,829 samples in the last 24 hours.

At the same time, five more patients have succumbed to the coronavirus disease raising the number of fatalities recorded in the country to 159 while 88 have been discharged pushing the number of recoveries to 2,236.

In the statement, CS Kagwe raised an alarm warning that at the current rate of infection the disease could overrun the country’s healthcare facilities.

“From the statistics, it is indicative that we have lost too many lives already. We cannot afford to lose any more. We, must therefore, as a nation, renew our commitment to observing the containment measures , without which, this disease could very easily overrun our healthcare facilities,” said the CS.

All positive cases are distributed in the following Counties; Nairobi, (248), Kajiado, (36), Kiambu, (27), Mombasa, (23), Busia, (17), Machakos, (10), Migori, (9), Kitui, (6), Makueni, (3), Uasin Gishu, (3), Nakuru, (2), Kilifi, (2), Garissa, (1), Muranga, (1) and Narok, (1) case.

In Nairobi the 248 cases were recorded in the following areas; Dagoretti North, (55), Kibra, (40), Langata, (33), Ruaraka, (17), Westlands, (14), Embakasi East, (13), Makadara, (13), Roysambu, (11), Embakasi South, and Kasarani (8) cases each, Mathare, Starehe, Embakasi Central, and Embakasi West, (7), cases each, Embakasi North (5), and Kamukunji (3).

In Mombasa, the cases are from; Mvita, (9), Nyali (6), Jomvu, (3), Likoni, (2), Kisauni, (2), and Changamwe, one (1) case. In Busia, the cases are from; Teso North, (12) and Matayos, (5), while in Machakos, the 10 cases are in; Athi River, (8), and Matangulu (2).

In Migori, all the (9) cases are in Kuria West, while in Kitui, all the (6) cases are from Kitui West.

Makueni, has three cases in Makueni (2), and one (1) case in Kibwezi East, while all the (3) cases in Uasin Gishu are from Ainabkoi.

In Nakuru, the (2) cases are from; Nakuru East one (1), and Nakuru West, one (1). In Kilifi, the (2) cases are in; Kaloleni (1) and Kilifi North (1). Garissa has one case in Dadaab, Murang’a one case in Kiharu and the one case in Narok is from Narok North.

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