Coronavirus Updates

Kenya coronavirus cases hit 1109

Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe during the daily briefing warned that the numbers would continue to soar with the testing of more people.

“Today, we have recorded the highest number yet again at 80 from a sample size of 3,102. This is the largest sample size tested so far. The trend demonstrates that the larger the sample size, the more the positive cases”.

The Ministry of Health projects Covid-19 peak to be between August and September where 200 plus cases are expected to be recorded daily even with the current preventive measures in place.
“According to our current modelling, we project our peak will be around August-September where will be reporting about 200 cases per day”, says MoH director Dr Patrick Amoth.

Dr Akoth, however, notes that modelling may change based on different variables in place while assuring that the situation is still under control.

“Our health system has not been overrun and we shall continue to implement these measures especially avoiding gathering and keeping distance”.

The government has scaled up the testing capacity with 3,102 samples analysed in the past 24 hours. The cumulative samples tested is 52,507. Nairobi and Mombasa are leading in cases with 41 and 20 new infections respectively.

According to the latest figures, 77 of the cases are Kenyan Nationals, while three are Somalis.

In terms of age, the cases range from six months for the youngest to 66 years for the oldest. The distribution by gender; 53 are males and 27 females.

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More cases are being reported at the border points which have become hot spots for the disease. 40 truckers have tested positive. The 39 Tanzanians and one Burundian have been barred from entering the country.

“They were tested at border points of Namanga (25), Lungalunga (6), Taveta (5) and Isebania (4). They were all referred back to Tanzania”, Kagwe explained.

Nine people have been discharged bringing the total number of recoveries to 375 while the death toll remains the same at 50.

The spread of the positive cases by county is as follows; Nairobi (41), Mombasa (20), Siaya (7), Kwale (6), Garissa (3), Kajiado (2), Taita Taveta (1).

Within the estates, the cases are distributed as follows; in Nairobi; Kibera (13), Westlands (9), Langata (5), Ruaraka (3), Embakasi West (2), Embakasi East (2), Kasarani (2), Starehe (2), Dagoretti North (2) and Dagoretti South (1).

In Mombasa; Mvita (6), Jomvu (5), Likoni (4), Changamwe (3) and Kisauni (2). In Siaya, all the Seven (7) cases are from Ugenya. In Kwale, the six (6) cases are in; Msambweni (5) and Matuga (1).

In Garissa, the three cases are from Ifo camp (2) and Hagadera Camp (1).

In Kajaido, the two cases (2) are from Kajiado central, while the one case (1) in Taita Taveta County is of a truck driver.

The CS is urging the public to be alert and continue observing the containment measures.

“This war cannot be won by the government alone but by all individuals following rules”, he said.

In Other News – Cholera outbreak in Turkana and Marsabit Counties claims 13 people

Thirteen Kenyans have died following a cholera outbreak in Turkana and Marsabit Counties, the Ministry of Health has said.

Twelve (12) of those who succumbed to cholera are from Marsabit and one (1) in Turkana County.

“Over the last few months we have focused our briefings on Covid-19 & understandably so, we will continue to do that however we find it prudent to use this platform to also present to you a picture of the medical landscape in Kenya as it relates to disease outbreaks,” said Health CS Mutahi Kagwe.

Cholera outbreak

According to CS Mutahi Kagwe, the Cholera outbreak started off in Garissa and gradually found its way through the other three counties, Wajir Turkana and Murang’a Counties. continue reading

Source – KBC

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