19 COVID-19 Patients Die As Total Jumps To 31,015

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Kenya has recorded 379 new cases of Coronavirus in the last 24, Health CAS Dr Mercy Mwangangi has confirmed.

As a result, the toll has risen to 31,015 after testing 3,867 samples.

Of the newly detected infections, 372 were Kenyan nationals while 7 were foreigners.

Gender-wise, 223 of these cases were males while 156 were females. They were aged between 1 and 87 years.

During the same period, 244 patients were discharged from hospitals (76) and 168 others from the home-based care program.

The total number of recoveries now stands at 17,612.

Sadly, 19 patients died, bringing the death toll to 506.

According to the CAS, a 28 year old diabetic patient was among the fatalities reported today.

“More and more cases are among young people, there is a laxity among young people in protecting themselves. A 28-year-old is among those who passed on. We are all duty bound to take care of each other but the duty is yours as a Kenyan,” Dr Mwangangi said.

Another patient died at home.

Nairobi still recorded the highest number of infections with (219) cases, Kiambu (40), Uasin Gichu (28), Kajiado (14), Machakos (13), Kisumu (10), Mombasa (7), Kericho (6), Bomet (5), Baringo (5), Nandi and Nyeri (4) cases each, Isiolo (3), Narok (3), Busia (2), Garissa (2) and Homa Bay (2).

Asked if the curve was indeed flattening, the CAS said the low number of cases recorded in the last couple of days was due to the low number of tests being carried out.

“We are well aware that our curve has not yet flattened.  We are experiencing disruptions with regards to acquisition of reagents but this is something we are managing…”she told reporters.

On the issue of low quality and defective Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), she reiterated that the ministry was working with KEBS to ensure high quality PPEs reach healthcare workers in the frontline.

She also stated that Kenya is participating in several clinical trials.

“We continue to collaborate and contribute to global research platforms with the key aim of learning from the current pandemic response in order to ensure that we are better prepared.”

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