271 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the last 24 hours after testing 4,019 samples.
Speaking from KMTC, Karen, Health CAS Dr Rashid Aman said the virus load had reached 30,636.
Of the newly detected infections, 267 were Kenyan nationals while 4 were foreigners.
178 of these cases were males while 93 were females. The youngest case was that of a one month old baby.
In the same period, 208 patients recovered from the novel COVID-19, 161 of whom were on home-based care program. 47 others were discharged from various hospitals.
The total number of recoveries, as a result, stands at 17,368.
Consequently, 5 other patients died, pushing the death toll to 487.
CAS Aman asked the youth to stop being reckless because the disease is a threat to all.
“We are urging the young people to stop the reckless behaviour so that we don’t spread the disease.
“We need to make our message neutral…that this pandemic is a threat to everybody. Before we focused on the elderly but let’s emphasize that this disease is a threat to everybody,” he said.
Asked whether the curve was in deed flattening, the CAS said that they are yet to make a determination.
He noted that the low number of infections recorded in the last couple of days are due to the low number of samples tested and a limited number of test kits.
“Indicators on the curve are those people who will be hospitalised and those who will die because of COVID-19,” Dr Aman stated.
Also present during the daily COVID-19 briefing was Ambassador Mahboub Maalim, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and Garissa Governor Ali Korane.
Amb Maalim said, “The region is suffering from heavy floods and locusts. We are coordinating resource mobilization from our partners. Member state are working closely and we hope to overcome the problems.”
Governor Korane on his part said the county is ready to fight the pandemic but complained about the poor state of infrastructure especially in the rural areas.
“PPEs will help in fighting the disease in the (refugee) camps and in Garissa. We have 294 isolation beds and we are going to have another facility with 50 beds,” the county boss said.