650 test positive as Health Ministry recounts Covid-19 gains: The Standard

Another 650 people have tested positive for the coronavirus, from a sample size of 6,768 in the last 24 hours.
This number now raises to 28,754 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the country, Health CAS Dr Mercy Mwangangi (pictured) has announced.

633 of the new cases are Kenyans and the other 17 are foreigners.

Additionally, 391 are males while 259 are females.

The Health Ministry has also reported 490 new recoveries. According to the Health CAS, 308 of those were under the home-based care programme, while 182 were discharged from various hospitals in the country.
This now raises Kenya’s recoveries to 15,100.

Unfortunately, four more patients have succumbed to the disease, bringing the death toll in the country to 460.

As per county distribution, Nairobi is in the lead again with 356 new confirmed cases, followed by Kiambu with 53. Nakuru has 48 new cases and Kajiado has 20 new cases.

Covid-19 Gains

On Thursday, the Health Ministry looked back at the strides it had made in the fight against the coronavirus since the first case was confirmed on March 13.

The CAS said that they have since increased testing facilities across the country. 33 laboratories are now conducting Covid-19 testing.

“We have testing facilities in Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa, Kilifi, Busia, Wajir, Kericho, Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, Machakos, Nakuru, Kajiado,” she said.

Dr Mwangangi also attributed the coronavirus restrictions and measures to the low mortalities witnessed in the country.

“The Nyumba Kumi Initiative has been able to support outbreak response measures at the community level. We believe measures put in place have contributed to the low mortality rate.”

On border points which were identified as high-risk areas at the start of the pandemic, the CAS noted that they had deployed mobile laboratories in various border points, coupled with mandatory screening of cargo vessels and across all points of entry.

“We remain alert at our border points. We have screened 800,000 individuals at border points,” she added.
The dusk-to-dawn curfew has also contributed to managing Covid-19 cases and will continue to be heightened.

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