Two more people including a two-year-old child have tested positive for coronavirus. This now brings to 191 the number of confirmed cases in the country.
Kenya has recorded 24 recoveries after two more patients were discharged from the hospital on Saturday.
One is a Kenyan and the other a foreign national from Nairobi and Mombasa counties.
Health CAS Dr Mercy Mwangangi said the two do not have a recent history of travel. “We have managed to test 491 samples.
“Out of the 191 cases, 109 are males and 82 females, 124 are aged between 30 years and 59 years. 50 cases are age between 15 years and 29 years and 7 of the cases are aged 60 years and above while 2 are aged 2 years,” said Dr Mwangangi.
A total of 2,054 contacts have been monitored so far, out of which 1,546 have been discharged. 508 contacts are being followed.
Dr Mwangangi, however, warned that the next three weeks will be critical as the ministry rolls out targeted testing of health care workers and people at quarantine centres.
The number of infections is expected to surge during the exercise that will precede mass testing in red zone counties.
The mass testing breakthrough is by Kenya Medical Research Institute which has received additional test kits and reagents for the Cobas 8800 machines.
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Source – KBC