Kenya has confirmed 515 new cases of Coronavirus in the last 24 hours, Health CAS Dr Mercy Mwangangi announced on Saturday.
Speaking during the daily COVID-19 briefing from Afya House, the CAS said the newly detected infections were from a 6,353 sample size.
As a result, the total has jumped to 29,849.
Of the new cases, 496 are Kenyans while 19 are foreigners. They are aged between the ages of 8 months and 92 years.
On a positive note, 672 patients have recovered from the disease that is not only attacking the respiratory system but the heart as well.
65 of these recoveries were discharged from various hospitals while 607 were on the home-based care program.
So far, 15,970 patients have recovered.
Unfortunately, 7 other patients lost the battle to COVID-19, raising the number of fatalities to 472.
The infections were spread out in the counties as follows: Nairobi (251), Kitui (41), Kiambu (33), Kericho (23), Bomet (19), Murang’a (11), Migori (10), Uasin Gishu (8), Mombasa (7), Embu (3), Kakamega (2).
Urging Kenyans to seek medical services in the hospitals, Dr Mwangangi said emergency cases will be handled without a COVID-19 test being undertaken.
“Other aspects of healthcare apart from COVID-19 care are still available in health facilities. Essential and lifesaving surgeries are still ongoing. For cases of emergencies, it is expected that care will be provided without a COVID-19 test,” she said.
Dr Francis Kuria, Head of Public Health said that surgeries are being carried out safely.
“We encourage Kenyans to seek healthcare services in our facilities. Surgeries are ongoing and they are safe. For elective surgeries, we ask surgeons to carry out COVID-19 tests on patients. For emergencies, patients are wearing masks just like the surgeons.”