Author: Mireri Junior
AfricaPress-Kenya: Kenya has recorded 437 more Covid-19 positive cases in the past 24 hours raising the country’s total caseload to 43, 580.
In a statement sent to media houses by the Ministry of Health on Friday, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe (pictured) said the new cases are from 4,311 samples which push the country’s cumulative tests to 611, 552.
In terms of gender, 253 are male and 184 are female while the youngest case is four-month-old and the oldest is aged 95.
Of the new cases, 430 are Kenyans while seven are foreigners.
On a positive note, 140 patients recovered with 72 on the home-based care programme while 68 were discharged from various hospitals bringing the total number of recoveries to 31,641.
On a sad note, Kagwe said eight patients have succumbed to the disease bringing Kenya’s fatalities to 813.
Nairobi leads with 136 cases followed by Nakuru 66, Kilifi 29, Kisumu 26, Uasin Gishu 21, Kericho 21, Embu 17, Busia 16, Kajiado 15, Migori 14, Machakos 14, Kiambu 9, Nandi 8, Bomet 6, Nyeri 5, Laikipia 5, Mombasa 5, Nyamira 3, Nyandarua 2, Elegeyo Marakwet 2, Turkana 2, Tharak Nithi 2, Wajir 2, Murang’a 1 and Siaya 1.
The 136 cases in Nairobi are from Kibra (40), Dagoretti North and Langara (9) cases, Embakasi East and Kasarani (8) cases, Embakasi Central, Kamukunji, Makadara, Roysambu and Starehe 6 cases each, Dagoretti South, Embakasi West, Embakasi South, Ruaraka and Westlands (5) cases each, Embakasi North and Mathare (3).
In Nakuru County, the 66 cases are from Nakuru West (57), Naivasha (5), Nakuru East (2), Njoro and Rongai (1) case each.
In Kilifi County, the 29 cases are from Magarini (25), Kilifi North (3) and Malindi (1) case.
In Kisumu, the 26 cases are from Kisumu Central (23) and Kisumu East (3) cases.
In Uasin Gishu, the 21 cases are from Ainabkoi (11) and Turbo (10)
In Kericho County, the 21 cases are from Belgut (13), Ainamoi (6), Bureti and Kipkelion (1) case each.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health officials have reminded Kenyans every day that if they fail to adhere to the laid-down guidelines to prevent spreading the viral disease such as washing hands and wearing masks, it could sweep through the country with deadly consequences.
On Tuesday, Health Cabinet Administrative Secretary Rashid Aman warned of the possibility of reverting to a partial lockdown if the country continues to record high infection numbers.
Dr Aman said if the government finds the numbers unmanageable, action will be taken to restrict movement and possibly close schools. “We hope we do not get to that position, but it is a real likelihood that a second wave can happen.”