Kenya has recorded 580 new cases of Coronavirus after testing 5,458 samples in the last 24 hours, Health CAS Dr Mercy Mwangangi has confirmed.
Addressing reporters from Afya House, Dr Mwangangi noted that the total number of infections has shot to 29,334.
530 of the new cases were Kenyan nationals while 50 were foreigners.
Of the newly detected infections, 336 were males while 244 were females. They are aged between one and 92 years.
Sadly, 5 more patients have died, laughing the total number of fatalities to 465.
On a positive note however, 198 others have recovered from the virus.
119 of them were on the home-based care program while 79 were discharged from various hospitals.
As a result, Kenya’s total number of recoveries stands at 15,298.
Nairobi county is still in the lead with the highest number of infections. On Friday, 375 virus cases were reported within the county.
Kiambu had (53), Machakos (23), Busia (17), Mombasa (15), Nakuru (15), Kajiado (14), Kisumu (12), Lamu (10), Nyeri (7), Laikipia (3), Baringo (2), Kisii (2), Turkana (2), Vihiga (2), Bungoma, Garissa, Nyandarua, Trans Nzoia, Murang’a all with one case each.
Speaking on the issue of Nairobi medics threatening to go on strike starting August 21 over lack of quality Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and delayed salaries, Dr Mwangangi said, all COVID-19 allowances have been disbursed with documentation to prove it.
She also assured healthcare workers in the frontline that the ministry will ensure they receive PPEs.
“We have procured additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and we want the health workers to remain confident that they will get them,” she stated.
In order to fight the invisible enemy, the CAS said that the ministry had employed at least 5,000 health workers over time.